Utah among 26 states suing government over 2009 legislation
One Sunday last December, my daughter, who was uninsured at the time, smashed
her finger in a door at church. Her doctor sent us to Utah Valley Regional
Medical Center, where we saw an emergency room physician assistant. He ordered
an x-ray to see if any bones were broken (none were), gave her some anesthetic,
cleaned her nail bed and gave her about three stitches. He can't have spent
more than 30 minutes with us, though I'm sure he spent some additional time
out of our presence performing work related to her care. The bill for his
services came to $538 (non-negotiable, according to his billing people in
Michigan), an amount that does not include the cost of x-rays, supplies, the
services of nurses, radiologists, and other hospital personnel, or use of the
hospital itself. Medicare values these same services at $160.08 when performed
in a hospital by a physician assistant. They say Medicare undervalues this
stuff, but $160 for an hour's work or so sounds pretty reasonable to me;
charging $538 for these services is pure price gouging.If Gov.
Herbert has fixed the runaway health care cost problem, I missed the memo.
Apparently, so did UVRMC.
"On the other hand" Your story is not unique at all. You need to
realize your emergency room bill ALSO pays for the illegal immigrants seen by
the hospital free of charge. The hospital simply passes the costs on to those
of us who do pay.You should have just told them you were an illegal
alien.Its free to them!
The GOP has nothing. And the states rights argument is a canard, intended to
lead to nothing. I know of a young man from another state, working temporarily
in Utah. He is on his parents policy. But because he is "out of
network", it was cost prohibitive for him to get adequate treatment for an
injury. This is one of many examples of why a state-level solution does not work
in this day and age. Maybe it would have worked in 1797, but not now. The
health care reform helps, but it actually did not go far enough. I have yet to
see anything serious from the GOP. When they talk about their proposals, they
cannot be believed.
We need health CARE for all... not health INSURANCE for all. Insurance is the second biggest scam in human history.
foxtrot:so who pays for "health care"?your ignorance
regarding insurance is astounding. if you want to make an argument make one that