I'm a Machinist Not a Heart Surgeon Jim, But I still Know the Price is the Problem StupidSubmitted by Michaelwiseguy on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 21:32
It's the price of hospital and medical products stupid.
I want the price of hospital and medical products more affordable. I want the mechanism that caused the prices to go so high understood.
I paid $50,000 for my first tiny little piece of metal heart stent, something I would have been paid $5 to make as a machinist, two years ago with a two day hospital stay. I got lousy followup care even though I was paying for it. I know nothing about medical conditions. I'm a Machinist, not a Heart Surgeon.
I paid for health insurance my whole life. My wages went down and my insurance contribution from my paycheck went up every year for 30 years. I didn't use healthcare much during my first 50 years but still paid for it. The medical industrial complex got plenty of money out of me my whole life with not much in return, except for my first $50,000 tiny piece of metal that took 1 hour to install.
I'm now in my 50's and have a heart condition with no job and no insurance. I showed up in the emergency room in October for my second heart attack. Guess what, I got a second tinny little piece of metal stent installed and was sent on my way after a two day stay. I still have heart problems. For 50 grand you think they could have fixed it the first time. By age 50, carrier machinists are pretty much worn out from all the lifting and chemical cutting fluid soups.
Now I got a $55,000+ hospital bill. Guess who's gonna pay for it? Not me, but I guess you could say I already paid for it my whole life. I have zero liquid assets except for my paid off home in Florida. Good luck trying to take my home from me in Florida to pay the Hospital bill. After all medical bills are tallied and the collectors are beating down my door, I'll probably just file for bankruptcy.
We need to work on the artificially high price of hospital bills. Here's a good place to start;
Welch Introduces Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Bill