That aspirin will cost you 100 BILLLL-ION DOLLARS!

It looks like Dr. Evil is in charge of the pricing scheme for drugs we get in hospitals which, when taken at home, would be cheaper.  Much, ahem, cheaper:

Medicare and supplemental insurance covered most of the costs, but there was still a bill of $730. Charges for what the hospital calls “self-administered drugs” – drugs that Bujalski takes regularly at home.

“What I found out is that $730 plus a few pennies normally cost me under $30,” Buljalski said.

He did a cost comparison. St. Anthony’s Central charged him about $497 for two tablets of Plavix, a drug Buljalski usually pays 8 dollars for. A Crestor tablet cost $65 in the hospital, at home he pays about $3 for it.

The article notes that Mr. Buljalski’s total bill, for a one day hospital stay, topped out over $58,000.  Luckily he had insurance to cover most of those costs.  The article goes on to note that the medications — which weren’t covered by insurance — had an astronomical “3,495-percent mark-up.”  If hospitals are overcharging by the thousands of percentage points for medications, you wondering how much else of Mr. Buljalski’s $58,000 bill for one day was similarly overcharged.

Look, there’s a huge debate over the government’s role in health care right now, but there needs to be some things the left and right can both agree on — and lowering these outrageous hospital costs should be one of those things.  The cost of health care in the United States as a percentage of our GDP is nearly 16%. In Canada, the same figure is a little above 10%; in Britain it’s on the low side of 8% — and those countries cover every citizen.  In fact, out of the industrialized world, America’s health care to GDP ratio is the highest.  And when it costs a middle class worker’s yearly wage to spend one day in the hospital — one day — we see why American health care is so expensive.  These ridiculous hospital costs are going to bankrupt us.  Something has to be done to reign these charges in and make health care affordable for all.

If the left and right can’t agree on this, then political course in this country has retarded further than I thought.

3 Responses to “That aspirin will cost you 100 BILLLL-ION DOLLARS!”

  1. ObamaLied says:

    Asprin shouldn’t cost $730 bucks …. but on this Health Care stuff, well, I’d just like to read the bill. Why did Democrats vote down posting this bill, this Law which could end up Governing our Health Care?? This was a vote against Transprency and Honesty in Government:

    http://www.breitbart.tv/senate-finance-committee-defeats-amendment-to-allow-posting-of-health-bill-72-hours-before-vote/

  2. ObamaLied says:

    So Joe Wilson was right, Obama Lied … Progressives are lying, they plan to cover Illegals:
    http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandingpage&streamingFormat=FLASH&referralObject=10153283&referralPlaylistId=df4b3c7f18eea1b3fb97a8f822a8879495713cb3

    The Canadian System may work well for regular checkups or even cheaper Prescription Drugs … but what happens when you actually get sick? Maybe Get a brain tumor like Teddy Kennedy had? Think Teddy woulda waited 4 months for an MRI??
    http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandingpage&streamingFormat=FLASH&referralObject=10135994&referralPlaylistId=playlist

    Quit pretending like everything is wrong with our Health Care system, it’s not. Identify what’s wrong and target that problem, we don’t need a whole Government Revamp of the best CARE system in the World …

  3. tas says:

    Quit pretending like everything is wrong with our Health Care system, it’s not. Identify what’s wrong and target that problem, we don’t need a whole Government Revamp of the best CARE system in the World …

    Did you even read my post? A fucking one night visit to the hospital costs $58,000. Think about that for a minute.

    If we can’t agree on the fact — fact — that health care costs in America are through the fucking roof and this will have an adverse effect on our economy, then don’t talk to me. I’m forced to refer to the conclusion of my post — “If the left and right can’t agree on this, then political course in this country has retarded further than I thought” — and wonder, with your example, just how down the shitter our country’s political discourse really is.

    There is a health care problem. This cannot be ignored. If you’re not willing to acknowledge this problem, then in my estimation, you’re not that intelligent.

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