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March 15, 2013

Here's why American medical care is so expensive

A woman in Arizona was stung by a scorpion... she received two doses of the drug Anascorp through an IV, and she was discharged from the hospital in about three hours.

Weeks later, she received a bill for $83,046 from Chandler Regional Medical Center. The hospital, owned by Dignity Health, charged her $39,652 per dose of Anascorp. -- TYWKIWDBI

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 15, 2013 9:47 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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As long as we allow comprehensive health care insurance companies and the medical industry to set health care prices, with no input whatsoever from the actual consumer, costs will continue to skyrocket.


Posted by: goy at March 15, 2013 11:00 AM


The Unholy Triumvirate of the AMA, "healthcare" insurance, and the drug companies. 'Twas ever thus - and anybody in the '50s or '60s who noticed it was dismissed as a wild-eyed arm-waver.

The quintessential racket, unthinkingly perpetuated by every hypochondriac you know.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at March 15, 2013 12:09 PM

Looks like someone moved the decimal point, the cost should be about a tenth of that.

Posted by: chuck at March 15, 2013 1:27 PM

Poison control sent her to the ER for that? I'm surprised. My husband was stung by a bark scorpion back in '02. We were fairly new to Arizona then, and called poison control. They essentially said he'd be fine, maybe take some Ibuprofen for pain if needed. They were right.

Which isn't to say nobody would have a bad reaction, but as I understood it most healthy adults really don't need medical attention - much less an antivenom - for a scorpion sting.

As to charging that much for the antivenom, under the circumstances they should be required to disclose the cost before administering it. Perhaps they worried she'd have a heart attack instead...

Posted by: Julie at March 15, 2013 1:30 PM

This isn't a medical care problem as much as an insurance problem. Put a 5,000 dollar deductible on it and most people would be far more likely to use due dilligence on needing medical care rather than showing up for free care. After all its free once you pay the premium, right. Want to know why college tuition is expensive? Its all the free grants(pell) and cheap credit (student loans) chasing a product. Want cheaper tuition? Get rid of the government grants and government student loans.

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