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The Man Who Was Treated for $17,000 Less

HealthReformFrom the WSJ; Definitely a read the whole thing article.

…We contacted a different hospital and they quoted him a reasonable upfront cash price for the outpatient surgical/nursing services. He underwent his operation the very next day, with a total bill of just a little over $3,000, including doctor and hospital fees. He ended up saving $17,000 by not using insurance

Wall Street Journal

A great illustration of how our current system of medical care and health insurance has been corrupted by third parties and government policy. Medical care and health insurance are not the same thing and yet they are constantly conflated by political rhetoric. Free markets and technology have a much better chance of controlling costs and improving care than a top down command and control system.

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