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Post 218 made on Monday December 26, 2016 at 13:53
Long Time Member
August 2011
The only way that healthcare costs are going to come down in the U.S. is standardizing the pricing of drugs, diagnostics, and routine procedures. Doing so will require negotiating and regulating these costs by the federal government, and it will also require limiting liability--within reason--for malpractice (except in cases of gross negligence). Other peer nations of the U.S. have done this successfully.

The system we have now--constantly increasing costs and pricing, decreasing life expectancy--is completely unsustainable. Imagine walking into a clients home or business for a basic audio/video system install, telling them it will cost between $200 and $100,000, and then demanding payment to the point of bankruptcy regardless of whether or not the system works. Also, let them know they'll be receiving individual invoices from every installer, salesperson, programmer, project manager, AR clerk, accountant, warehouse manager, and anyone else that touched their project in some way--tangible or not--with minimal explanation of what work was actually performed or for how long. Be sure to explain to the client that some bills will arrive in a week, while others may take years to show up--they'll just have to live in fear of their overall financial exposure.

A ridiculous and almost unbelievable situation, and yet that is the current state of healthcare in the U.S.

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