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Published: Saturday, Dec. 22 2012 11:15 p.m. MST

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Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

Impressive results but $20,000.00 for the three treatments? The materials and labor for this procedure are not all that expensive. How do so-called professional care givers justify the cost to do this? As a Healthcare Professional myself, I am both bewildered and offended that Intermountain Healthcare and Dr. Peal somehow feel this charge is justifiable. IHC and providers please explain the basis for the cost for this. Thank you!

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

This seems incredible! Not least because it is NOT covered by insurance.

I sure hope that problem is cured quickly.

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

Regarding the cost of this procedure, lets estimate some reasonable charges:
3 hours in hospital at $400/hr x 3 = $1200
3 hours of anesthisiologhis time = $600
3 hours of pulmonologist services = $600
supply costs= $200
Using these estimates, the total cost for these three treatments arguably should arguably be around $2500.00. Let say we feel these highly trained professionals and the hospital deserve twice this much. Alright, then the total cost might be around $5000.00? Compare these estimates to the reported costs of $20,000.00 and I ask where is the justification? That would seem reasonable considering their patient's income is prbably @ $40.00/hour don't you think?

sammyg
Springville, UT

medical cost whining...

42 years x 365 days = 15,530 asthma attacks

Add in a few other occurrences during the day and I'm guessing this gentleman has had over 20,000 attacks (on the very conservative side) in his lifetime.

I am sure he is very very grateful to pay $20,000 himself. If others had this attitude of just simply paying for services rendered instead of expecting the government to give them everything or regulate things then the procedure might cost less.

$20,000 is small price to pay for the millions of dollars that went into the educations of these professionals, the time they sacrificed, and the hospital equipment that was used in this procedure.

What a breakthrough in this serious medical condition.

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