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Price tag for medical treatment keeps growing

Posted: July 23, 2014 - 8:45am

On July 4, I had a small accident when stepping down the one step to the ground from my porch. I have a door handle mounted on the post and I grabbed it as we always do and when stepping down, slipped and in trying to stop my fall, hit the post supporting the stairs above. My skin is very fragile as I have been taking Prednisone drug to help with my breathing for more than 25 years. It causes the thinning of the skin and I have many scratches where the skin has been torn loose. Normally I have used a Band-aid to pull the skin back together and hold it while it heals.

I recieved a statement from the hospital that the V.A. had paid the bill in full. The doctor when inspecting the tear in my skin on my left arm measured it at 2 and 1/4 inches. He disinfected it, put some glue one each side and applied some 1/4-inch by about 1-inch strips of tape to pull and hold the skin together which I have done many times with Band-aids. On the 9th I removed the bandage to change it and found that a 1 1/4-inch portion of the wound the bandages had slipped leaving a gap of from 1/8 inch to 3/16 inch.

The charges for all this was: use of the emergency room for approximately 2 hours, $371.27; a tetanus shot from the pharmacy $105.90; administration, i.e. give me the shot, was $50.09; and estimated insurance due was $454.29, for a total off $1,015.73.

We have been residents of Kenai most of the time since 1976 and because of having breathing problems made many trips to the old hospital but since the new addition was added, I do not believe that a single one of my visits have been less that $1,000.00. Can anyone understand why the insurance companies keep raising their dues?

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soldotna54
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soldotna54 07/23/14 - 09:05 am
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That's what for profit does

You can thank the health care industry. They are for profit first and healthcare maybe. Keep voting republican and you'll fund even more profits for the oligarchs of the so called health care industry.

jford
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jford 07/23/14 - 10:06 am
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Morrison voted all his life for Republicans who fooled him.

Republicans serve the interests of the corporations, health care corporations are no exception and neither is the insurance industry.

In the recent overhaul of healthcare, the democrats wanted a single payer, (not for profit), system put in place.

The Republicans insisted the insurance industry had their hand in and that corporate healthcare businesses and big pharma had their own slice of profits to be made on the backs of people's health.

So here is Morrison, blindly wondering how he is paying to keep these corporate profits flowing. Doh. He's paying now because he dutifully acted the ditto head and voted for the people who guaranteed he's paying someone's profits instead of receiving affordable healthcare.

Don't expect the Morrisons of the world to ever wake up to the indoctrination they've received.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 07/23/14 - 03:20 pm
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Morrison

Am so sick and tired of JFord always blaming one party for all of this countries problems. According to him the Demorats have never done anything wrong like give away our future to those too lazy or unwilling to even try and make a living and a better life for themselves. I will somewhat agree that the GOP favors those willing to make a living and also provide jobs for others to do so but I would much rather be wealthy and able to pay my own way instead of sitting on the couch for days on end waiting for my government check and food stamps to arrive and the food shelf to get in my favorite foods since it is my grocery store also.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 07/23/14 - 07:52 pm
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The Extension

Now! If Gov. Parnell would have used the Medicaid Extension.Maybe! Just maybe the cost would be a great deal less.You know "THE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT". Mr. Morrison has just PROVED in print. The point of having the often scoffed "OBAMACARE". How's it working out for you?

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 07/23/14 - 07:59 pm
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The truth

jford- There are still non believers.Even when the truth is told,and proven.They are just plain stubborn.Their stubborn way's will eventually cost them.

Suss
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Suss 07/23/14 - 11:59 pm
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Reasonable Fee

$454.29 is a very reasonable fee for an ER visit. I have seen much, much larger bills.

Be very thankful for the goverment program (VA) that covers the negotiated rate with CPH.

Yes, medical costs are outrageous in this State, let alone this country.

A 24 hour minor emergency clinic would be very welcome to most of us with higher deductibles.

Stay well and do your best to stay out of the hospital.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 07/24/14 - 09:08 am
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Healthcare costs

While walking out of an exit door at the Mpls VAMC and happened to notice a few job postings on the union's bulletin board. They were looking for a simple X ray technician starting at $175,000 a year and the other jobs posted went up to $300.000 a year just to start. They are also eligible for a government pension after 20 years of total service. Not sure but I think the schooling required for the tech position is a two year course at a community college. The Secretary of the VA resigned his position since the medical center Director's falsified reports so they could share in 14 million worth of bonuses. I believe in a living wage but this is way out of line and am wondering what private hospitals and clinics are paying out? Any idea?

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 07/24/14 - 10:18 am
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Re-Read Postings

A simple X-ray Tech making $175,000 per annum is MORE than most Doctors make at the VAMC. You Cheapersmokes need to RE-READ those postings.You are way off about the pay scale. Nice try.

jford
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jford 07/24/14 - 10:52 am
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Mnpls? So where are you pretending to live now, cheap?

Here's the job postings for the Minneapolis VAMC.

https://www.usajobs.gov/JobSearch/Search/GetResults?OrganizationID=VA&Ap...

Notice none of the jobs listed match cheap's claims.

But then that's not surprising, none of the reality matches any of the Republican claims either.

How are those choices going, cheap, any takers on the date hookup sites ? Are your internet scams paying off ?

Have you moved to New Zealand as you claimed you would if Obama was nominated?

Suss
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Suss 07/24/14 - 11:19 am
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Tech Job

Found a job offering...

Save Job | More Like This Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
...Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Tech) to produce radiographic studies for medical...permanent position/s as vacancies occur in the Radiology Department at the sites noted above...Experience in the operation of diagnostic radiology equipment under the direction of a radiologists...

Salary: $35,097.00 - $51,479.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0647-05/07
Location(s):
Multiple Locations (3)
Open Period: 6/23/2014 to 12/31/2014
Announcement Number: IHS-14-NJ-1079288-DHA

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 07/24/14 - 12:47 pm
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The REAL pay

Hey! Cheapersmokes FYI the starting salary for a simple x-ray technician in the Mspl,Mn.VAMC is a GS-8 starting at $45,973.00-$59,766.00.Less than 1/3 of your blown out of proportion figures.You either did not read a pay scale,or you are plucking these figures out of thin air.If you have any doubts.Go to OPM.GOV pay scales of Mspl.Mn. VAMC. I know these FACTS won't steer you wrong. The Affordable Healthcare works.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 07/24/14 - 12:50 pm
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Credibility

CHEAPERSMOKES has none. He must start producing FACTS instead of FICTION.

beaverlooper
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beaverlooper 08/01/14 - 08:45 pm
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cheapersmokes

Have another cigarette. I figure if I get 2 thumbs down for the letter y I might as well at least write something.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 07/29/14 - 08:11 am
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Healthcare costs and the Internet!

It is so nice to see that the Democraps are still believing everything they see on the internet! I am sure you still believe Obama has high approval ratings and has handled the border crisis and middle East and Russia issues superbly also. Also he has never went on vacation, golfing or attended numerous fund raisers when he should of been dealing with other issues. People are getting paid very well to work in our VA's all over the country but you wouldn't know that since you're still living in your parents basement and have never done one positive thing in your life to make this a better country. Keep on believing that Obamacare is working for all.

jford
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jford 07/29/14 - 09:14 am
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You tried making stuff up, ….and that didn't work.

It's not the first time you've been shown to be simply making stuff up.

Your credibility is shot. It was your own doing, it wasn't the fault of the internet, or any other thing you'd like to suggest for deflecting the blame, ...it was simply your own undoing at your own hand.

Did you move to New Zealand yet?

Care to share why you claimed to have moved out of Minnesota?

healthcarecrusaider
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healthcarecrusaider 08/04/14 - 10:09 am
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Healthcare Costs

Getting care at the right place and time helps control costs. Minor injuries, fevers, etc., are most cost effectively handled at your primary care office, or urgent care center.
Now that Kenai has an ambulatory surgery center, minor procedures like colonoscopies or urology scoping can be handled at a much lower price than CPGH.
From the 2014 Medicare fee schedule here are two examples:

Lumbar vertebroplasty- Hospital $2,575
ASC $1,294
Savings $1,281 49% cheaper!
Screening colonoscopy-Hospital $ 741
ASC $395
Savings $346 47% cheaper!

Suss
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Suss 08/04/14 - 02:53 pm
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Is this a unpaid promotion?

Let's post all costs at all doctor/clinics.

Maybe we could have a price war or get air miles!

This is going to get interesting, maybe Walmart will start a medical clinic or a chain of hospitals.

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