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Maybe you need to read carefully. I didn't buy any plan with that high deductible. My plan has a $200 deductible and even then I'm hesitant to use it, unless I have to.
People have complained to me that they pay higher premium and the deductible went up to $12,000 from previous years. So all the promise of lower cost and affordable really never materialized.


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Just to be clear, the $12000 deductible is the family amount... per individual the max is $6600 (IIRC)...
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When we talk about the cost of insurance we can't ignore the cost of the thing being insured. And in the U.S. health care is extraordinarily expensive.

We spend about $10,000 per person annually on health care in the U.S. So if we wanted to insure the entire population with a plan that covered 100% of all costs then you'd expect the average price of every individual policy to cost slightly more than $10,000.

That's the nature of the U.S. health care market. And there's no magic formula that's going to make insurance polices cost less than the thing being insured.
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...people are paying a significant portion of their health insurance during their retirement years during their working years...
I forgot to address this. Originators of Medicare and SS did not envision the cost of these programs to be as high as they are now. People did not pay into the programs as much as they are drawing now. Just the longevity change alone can cause problems.

Some statistics: the average age at death was 70.22 years in 1965 when Medicare started. The most recent data point is 78.74 years in 2012. So, the average person used Medicare for 5.22 years back in 1965, but 13.74 years now. That's an increase to 263%.

Add to that the cost of these fancy drugs that can prolong a terminally ill patient life's a couple of months at a cost of $100K, and no wonder we are here now.
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Because in the past, they paid for the same premium with much lower deductible. Now they pay the same cost for $12,000 deductible. I'm sure people thought their health plans would get better post-ACA but they didn't. False promise often results in complaints.
Very few people would have $100,000 hospital bill. I'm 56, I haven't been seriously ill to ever paid that much in any year. If I have to pay $12,000 a year and don't ever get to use it, I'm sure I wouldn't be happy.
For the record, I have very good insurance through my husband. But everywhere I go, particularly for small business owner, this is the complaint I've often heard.
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I disagree with the "very few" part above. I just had an appendectomy. Simple laparoscopy with two notes in hospital, one before and one after, and it came to 66k. The insurance co actually allowed 44k, and after max oop etc., I paid 4K.

That's merely appendicitis.


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I just had an appendectomy. Simple laparoscopy with two notes in hospital, one before and one after, and it came to 66k.
How much could you have saved if you had opted for the surgery without benefit of music?
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Not much of a song that has only 2 notes!

$44K seems high for a simple laparoscopic appendectomy with no complications. I wonder what it would cost in a European country. $5K to $10K?
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$44K seems high for a simple laparoscopic appendectomy with no complications. I wonder what it would cost in a European country. $5K to $10K?
Except that in a European country if he were to get a secondary infection from the hospital during or after his surgery he would get an apology.

In the USA his family would sue and get 5 million.
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$44K seems high for a simple laparoscopic appendectomy with no complications. I wonder what it would cost in a European country. $5K to $10K?

Yes. It was a short song 😀. Two nites Dunno about Europe but in Thailand at the international hospital in Bangkok it is about $5000. A friend who lives there happened to send me the link to the prices.


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Except that in a European country if he were to get a secondary infection from the hospital during or after his surgery he would get an apology.

In the USA his family would sue and get 5 million.

I was on an antibiotic drip for about 12 hours before and 12 hours after. That surprised me a little.


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An older friend told me that was how it was with doctors when he was growing up. His father was a milkman and did not have health insurance (perhaps back then nobody had health insurance). When the kids were sick, his father just took them to go see the family doctor and paid cash. I don't know how people settled bigger hospital bills back then.
I know - they set up a payment plan with the hospital. When I was three weeks old I had surgery for pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the opening to the small intestine. In 1950 this was serious, the surgery had about a 50% survival rate. Dad sometimes remarked about his "$1,000 baby" because that was what it cost, an astronomical amount for him then. He was an electrician so didn't have much money, I guess it took years to pay it off. I still have a huge scar across my abdomen from that surgery.
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Dunno about Europe but in Thailand at the international hospital in Bangkok it is about $5000. A friend who lives there happened to send me the link to the prices.
Then, my guess of $10K for Europe would not be far off.

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I know - they set up a payment plan with the hospital. When I was three weeks old I had surgery for pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the opening to the small intestine. In 1950 this was serious, the surgery had about a 50% survival rate. Dad sometimes remarked about his "$1,000 baby" because that was what it cost, an astronomical amount for him then. He was an electrician so didn't have much money, I guess it took years to pay it off. I still have a huge scar across my abdomen from that surgery.
That $10K in 1950 is worth $10K now with inflation (I just looked). Still cheap compared to what they charge nowadays.

When people pay for healthcare out of pocket, they are more conscientious of the cost, and aware of the value. It's no different than having to shop for your own home, car, etc... When it is paid with OPM (Other People's Money), they do not care as much.
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That $10K in 1950 is worth $10K now with inflation (I just looked). Still cheap compared to what they charge nowadays.

When people pay for healthcare out of pocket, they are more conscientious of the cost, and aware of the value. It's no different than having to shop for your own home, car, etc... When it is paid with OPM (Other People's Money), they do not care as much.
What is more difficult to put a dollar value on is the quality of care and greater certainty of a positive outcome. I'd wager that now the same surgery is probably considered minor or at least routine and survival rates are a lot better than 50%. But agreed that when OPM is paying for it then the dollar cost is secondary or ignored.
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Yes, the healthcare quality is a lot better now, but technological advances give us that and it does not have to cost more. It's the same as us being able to get a big flat screen TV for what a little 13" CRT TV used to cost.

By the way, I still remember the excitement over the world's first human heart transplant. So, I looked it up and it was in 1967. Now, doctors perform 4,000 such operations each year around the world.
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For those that would just like to pay cash with a significant discount, check out the "Direct Primary Care" concept.

You basically pay your PCP,who has adopted this model, a monthly retainer that covers a predefined set of services. You would also want to have some separate catastrophic insurance coverage for hospitalization and such.

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Poll: Only 15 percent say they have benefited from ObamaCare | TheHill

I can't believe the stats from this poll; seems like they never polled some ER'ed folks here.

However, it hasn't affected DW and I, yet. After both of us losing employee HC after retirement, we pay about $17,800 for similar coverage.

I can remember my old doctor from my childhood days, whose office was above a bakery. After looking at me and my 3 siblings, doc would say to my mom," Just gimme $20.00 ", after asking how much she owed. Sometimes we had enough to buy something in the bakery afterward.
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I can't believe the stats from this poll; seems like they never polled some ER'ed folks here.
I can believe it.

The law specifically intended to leave the ~80% of the population who have insurance through their employer unaffected.

Also there are plenty of folks who have benefited from things like community ratings and don't even realize it.
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The law specifically intended to leave the ~80% of the population who have insurance through their employer unaffected.



Although the penalties for "Cadillac plans", i.e. those deemed too generous or expensive, have forced some employers to pare down their plans.
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Although the penalties for "Cadillac plans", i.e. those deemed too generous or expensive, have forced some employers to pare down their plans.
That would surprise me seeing as how the "Cadillac tax" never went into effect, is not scheduled to start until 2020, and may not even happen then.
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