The federal government has zealously guarded its authority over drug pricing.
Total Bill: $4,692 for all the hospital care, including a $2,961 ER admission fee, a $400 EKG, $348 for a chest X-ray, and nearly $1,000 for blood tests.
For years, these prices have been a tightly guarded industrial secret. When pressed to release them, hospitals have argued that they are proprietary information.
Spurred on by midterm election results that showed health care to be a deciding issue, lawmakers are pushing a bevy of new proposals and approaches.
The price of a liter of basic saline solution ranged from $56 to $383, nearly seven times as much. A brain MRI with contrast ranged from $3,200 to $8,800.
Medical fundraisers now account for 1 in 3 of the website’s campaigns, and they bring in more money than any other GoFundMe category.
“The system is terrible. It needs to be rethought and retooled. Politicians are failing us. Health care companies are failing us,” says CEO Rob Solomon.
Seven in 10 or those polled said the healthcare system in “crisis” or having “major problems, in response to a new Gallup poll. The results are in line with what the poll has found since 1994.
Must-read health care stories of the week from Kaiser Health News’ Brianna Labuskes.
Marketing drives more testing…more treatments. It’s a big part of why health care is so expensive… it’s the fancy, high-tech stuff things that get marketed.
Hospitals now must to post their prices online. But what is popping up on hospital websites is a dog’s breakfast of codes, abbreviations and dollar signs.
Middle-class folks with employer-based insurance are still being swamped by high deductibles, high copayments and surprise medical bills.
Joaquin Lopez had emergency gallbladder surgery after rushing to an ER last year. He has been haggling with the hospital over what he owes ever since.
Gallup poll finds roughly three in 10 Americans reporting they held off seeking some kind of medical treatment in the past year due to costs.
Charges: $99,159 for emergency services, therapy and hospital care, including $52,587 for the first surgery and $43,208 for the second to replace broken device.