The medical industry (that includes most doctors..but not all) deserved to be dragged through the mud. First of all, their service stinks (most doctors, not all & let this modifier be attached to anything I say about doctors) with respect to chronic conditions. Yes, if you have a broken bone, a burn they can do wonders. But for the chronic conditions...arthritis, diabetes, cancer and a hundred others they stink. They probably do more harm than good..provide symptom relief, maybe buy some time while causing new problems....and all the while, bleeding you dry, financially. Can't do much about that, BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEIR OUTRAGEOUS BILLS....
SIGN MY PETITION: NO BLANK CHECK at
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/551/755/207/no-blank-check/Here is the overview:
The policy of many doctors & medical facilities (or any service business) to demand a blank check; that REFUSES to reveal prices before service is received & incurring obligation to pay, is arrogant, unethical and must be outlawed. Undoubtedly the blank check demand inflates the cost of medical care and impoverishes millions of patients who are cash payers, pay a percentage of the bill, receive a service uncovered by insurance, and anyone with increased insurance premiums due to medical care inflation. The blank check demand is often made at a time when the patient is desperately seeking pain relief. To do so is akin to extortion. Should an agreement signed by the patient, under duress, to pay any amount, chosen by the doctor or hospital, be legally binding? The scope of what is legally binding in a contract is NOT unlimited. You cannot sign a contract to have someone murdered. You cannot sign a contract to sell yourself into slavery, a form of unlimited liability. And you should not be able to sign a contract or have one forced upon you to accept the unlimited liability of a blank check. That's unethical because no one has unlimited wealth and it is dishonest to pretend you can pay any amount. When the blank check policy is made illegal it will pressure the medical industry to refrain from its other arrogant and outrageous behaviors:
> Hospitals allow separate billing by associate service providers unknown to the patient and provide NO list of such providers to patient. This encourages fraud and a feeding frenzy by hospital associates who can charge anything they want
> Hospitals and doctors get paid the same amount independent of outcome...whether they helped you or hurt you. This must be at least partially responsible for the scarcity of true cures for chronic conditions. Without the penalty of lower pay for negative outcomes, quack medical care is perpetuated.
> The medical establishment's ignorance and ridicule of the most important factor for good health: good nutrition; while their corrupt alliance with the drug industry and government pushes drugs (for chronic conditions) that offer only symptom relief yet injure the patient in other ways. An example of their disdain for good health : during a recent hospital stay, the heart healthy menu offered to me, included eggs fried in transfat...that's almost criminal for a hospital which is suppose to promote health.
PS: how to mitigate the ripoff, a bit....make them wait for their payment ...a long long time...then offer to pay the whole bill in one shot, immediately, if they give you a 50% discount. That will help a bit....unfortunately their initial bill is often so inflated & dishonest...that's it's only a little help.