3 Reasons ‘Medicare for All’ Is a Really Bad Idea

“Medicare for All” is, arguably, the rallying cry for progressive Democrats these days. Health care costs were a major issue in the midterm elections and the best way to fix everything once and for all, say progs, is to give all Americans the same sort of coverage given to those of us who are 65 and over.

Source: 3 Reasons ‘Medicare for All’ Is a Really Bad Idea

California Professor Charged $48,329 for Allergy Tests By Stanford Health Care

We have been previously discussing our ridiculous medical insurance system where citizens are hit with obscene charges — often by design to ensnare those unwilling or unable to challenge the charges. It can range from an $18,000 charge for a napping child to $15,000 for tiny screws to $89,329 for a $750 serum .

Source: California Professor Charged $48,329 for Allergy Tests By Stanford Health Care

Texas Teacher Hit With $109,000 Bill Despite Having Insurance . . . Bill Reduced To $332 After Media Coverage

We have previously discussed the disgraceful system of medical billing in this country where doctors and hospitals hit patients with grossly inflated bills in the hopes of coercing money from families or settling for a small fraction with insurers.

Source: Texas Teacher Hit With $109,000 Bill Despite Having Insurance . . . Bill Reduced To $332 After Media Coverage

Ebola Deaths In DRC Spike 21% In Four Days, Bordering Countries On High Alert

Ebola Deaths In DRC Spike 21% In Four Days, Bordering Countries On High Alert

The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DNC) has claimed 67 lives, up from 55, according to Robert Redfield, director of the CDC. On Friday the WHO said that the virus has spread to an area of “high security risk,” and that ongoing local conflicts have made finding and monitoring infected people extremely difficult.

“Really, in two weeks, we’ve gone from 24 cases to 105 cases,” said Redfield, who just returned from the hot zone where an outbreak centered in North Kivu is responsible for 105 confirmed or suspected cases, according to the Washington Post. There are currently 77 confirmed cases, 28 probable cases in which biological samples are not available for laboratory testing, while 3,000 people have received an experimental Ebola vaccine. — Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-25/ebola-deaths-drc-spike-21-four-days-bordering-countries-high-alert

How much would universal health care really cost?

He’s at it again. ……

The Koch-backed Mercatus Institute was humiliated last month when it published a scare story claiming that American couldn’t afford the $32.6 trillion cost of universal health care for the next decade, a number that seems huge until you realize that the cost of privatized US health care over the same period will be $2 trillion higher. (more…)

Source: How much would universal health care really cost?

Why a patient paid a $285 copay for a $40 drug | PBS NewsHour

Liu and her husband Z. Ming Ma, a retired physicist, are insured through an Anthem Medicare plan. Ma ordered the telmisartan through Express Scripts, the company that manages pharmacy benefits for Anthem and also provides a mail-order service.

The copay for a 90-day supply was $285, which seemed high to Ma.

“I couldn’t understand it — it’s a generic,” said Ma. “But it was a serious situation, so I just got it.”

A month later, Ma and his wife were about to leave on another trip, and Ma needed to stock up on her medication. Because 90 days hadn’t yet passed, Anthem wouldn’t cover it. So during a trip to his local Costco, Ma asked the pharmacist how much it would cost if he got the prescription there and paid out of pocket.

The pharmacist told him it would cost about $40.

“I was very shocked,” said Ma. “I had no idea if I asked to pay cash, they’d give me a different price.”
— Read on www.pbs.org/newshour/health/why-a-patient-paid-a-285-copay-for-a-40-drug