Thursday, February 28, 2013

Getting sick? That will cost you... BIG

I normally stick to TV & the media but in this case, who wouldn't be scared/horrified/disgusted out of their mind by the naked greed displayed by companies who's supposed goal is to "heal". The impotent hand of government will not fix this mess and I suppose we are each now on our own to navigate a world where if you get sick, you could easily simply die a pauper as the healthcare companies suck your life's savings dry. Is it any wonder that "Medical Tourism", as incongruous as those two words sound next to each other, is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. 

What are the reasons, good or bad, that cancer means a half-million- or million-dollar tab? Why should a trip to the emergency room for chest pains that turn out to be indigestion bring a bill that can exceed the cost of a semester of college? What makes a single dose of even the most wonderful wonder drug cost thousands of dollars? Why does simple lab work done during a few days in a hospital cost more than a car? And what is so different about the medical ecosystem that causes technology advances to drive bills up instead of down?

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