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  1. Sam,
    Thanks for sharing your experience. What you illustrate is how a free market for health care would solve the problem of continuing escalating medical costs that have been created by our history of insurance paying for health care and now government trying to control the market (read cut provider pay or limit services). When insurance pays for your health care, you don’t know the cost and sometimes don’t even have to care.
    In all other aspects of our lives that I can think of (excluding public education) we have a market of willing buyers and sellers. That results in competition, innovation and the true price of a product or service becoming established and evident.
    It would require a real change of making health insurance that, insurance with a high deductable ($5000/yr.?) to keep you from loosing your house and all you own, and not the provider of most all our health care that we have come to expect.
    Health care should be our own responsibility and we should be ready to pay for it like we do everything else, shop around, get the best price and quality that we can. Only market forces will control and moderate the cost of health care, provide information to providers about demand and unleash innovation in service provisiion.

  2. Hello Sam, best regards – a good piece.
    Not altogether surprising but disheartening, learning the way our system “works”. We are fortunate in Wyoming to be able to actually find faces to go with the voices giving out the information, but even so, it takes a wizard and a lot of time to work through these things and one seldom gets the same answer twice, even from the same office. Now how about a follow-up, with your perspective on the new national health care legislation and possibilities?

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  4. Very informative! Thanks for sharing your experience. You’ve inspired me to get to work negotiating for an upcoming medical procedure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained…