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January 13, 2014

“Negotiated prices”

between mammoth pharmaceutical companies
and equally mammoth insurance companies and government agencies produce mammoth prices. The don’t produce itty-bitty prices. And since the prices are so gigantic, is Maryland is going to pay for fewer of them? Does this mean the X-Rays will be charged at seventy three bucks? Or are they simply going to order only 1/7th the number of $517 X-Rays to stay within the budget? Belmont Club サ Ersatz

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 13, 2014 6:11 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It's all marketing and lies, of course. Tonight at the store, I beheld a 1 lb. box of butter at 5.00. I can remember it being 1.99 a few years ago. But this new and improved price is enhanced with a sign that insults us by saying, "Everyday low price!" underneath the overpriced item. I now cannot afford to buy butter.
Still, I'll go to the farmer's market tomorrow and buy fresh, rolled Amish butter for slightly less. And it will taste much better.

Posted by: Jewel at January 13, 2014 6:54 PM

A mammogram is now suppose to be free ( insurance covers all cost). So now you get two x rays per breast instead of 4 or more and it is called a "screening mammogram". If something suspicious shows up you come back for a "diagnostic" mammogram which is actually like the old one you use to get.
You pay part of the cost of the diagnostic one unlike the mandated free one.
When it is free, quality suffers.
I wonder what the free prostate screening is like now ?

Posted by: grace at January 13, 2014 10:25 PM

The new prostrate screening in in a San Francisco bath house and it now takes 15 minutes. The good news is the test is more thorough and the test giver hands you $20 on the way out.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at January 14, 2014 7:47 AM

You yanks are about to descend into cost hell. Many of us Canadians warned you, but noooo, America! USA! USA!

Up here in the frozen north in 2007 my 87 year old father went on an oxygen machine. My dad had lots of money, lots and lots. Even so the Province of Alberta paid for the rental of the machine. About $USD250.00 per month. He got a monthly bill marked paid.

When he asked me to find him a mobile machine for his car a bit of Googling told me that his machine retailed brand new for $USD1,200.00. The only servicing it needed was a new filter every few months, a job any Orangutang, or even the current Vice President of the USA, could do in under 10 seconds.

The monthly rental amount had been negotiated by the "Oxygen Providers Association" and the Provincial Under Secretary of Health Care Idiocies. Who no doubt never pays for a golf game, sluices and browses in great style at the cost of the Association, attends many international conferences in "How to get on with Crony Capitalists" and has a large office, numerous assistants plotting to get his job and two or three secretaries with big boobies.

We are gradually climbing out of this poisonous communist slime but you American nutbars have chosen to dive in. Well, a majority of you, but the rest of you did a piss poor job of helping.

What the Christly Hell made the Republican Party refuse to make personally purchased medical insurance portable and deductible? Are they stupid? Ooopsie, question answers itself.

Posted by: Fred Z at January 14, 2014 9:49 AM

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