How much does a heart attack cost?

The price of a medical procedure can vary wildly depending on the facility. New government data reveal what different hospitals charge for the same treatments, stripping away some of the mystery of medical bills -- and the numbers may surprise you.

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May 15, 2013 8:14PM
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whatever the corporations demand from us congress looks the other way and gives them what they want. if only congress had the same medical costs as us taxpayers things would be different. it can only get worse from here on out until we get rid of the congress and the senate. thanks  CORAVETTE
May 15, 2013 8:31PM
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So, why doesn't the government do somthing aboat it?  If government hoispitals and government doctors treated the ill, they could do it for not much more than a salary and electricity.  But no, there is too much money in "procedures" and in "pills" concocted by the whtiecoats of the legal drug lords.  Today, I watched television for about 40 minutes.  During that time, I wrote down about 25 ads, ask your doctor, and others.  There were a few I didn't write down...I was about asleep.  Now, 25 ads, 40 mins.....ask your doctore if that is right for you?  It must be for them.
May 15, 2013 11:31PM
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Why not make it possible for Joe Average to go have knee surgery where he could get it done more affordably, it might help eventually bring down the cost closer to Joe Averages home. I don't understand how the same procedure can cost 2 to 3 times what it might cost in another area, I know that things might cost slightly more someplace else, but 2 to 3 times more?
May 16, 2013 11:03AM
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It is too bad more people don't realize what Medicare actually pays for these services. IF the average person could pay what Medicare pays, NO ONE would need insurance. If you think that sounds crazy, go it up for yourself. We don't need Obamacare. We need a reasonable and uniform pricing system. The medical system has been allowed liberties that no other industry has been given. Instead of helping the insurance companies to make things worse, the government should be doing some of the same things they do in other industries to control some of these absurd pricing scams.
May 16, 2013 6:41AM
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I believe it's all in who you have insurance with too. There was a car accident w/my daughter & my niece. My daughter had BCBS. My niece not covered. Niece was hurt worse yet they kicked her out of hospital the next day whereas they kept my daughter 3 days.
May 16, 2013 1:15PM
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Had a minor heart attack in Massachusetts - just had an angioplasty with 4 stents installed.  Stayed in the hospital 3 days - bill was $74,000.  I had a cardiologist that did all the work and a parade of others that provided zero value add.

Doc:  How you feeling today?

Me:  Great, when do I get outta here?

Doc: Oh, I don't know.

Got billed $150 for those "consultations" EACH time.

Pirates!

May 16, 2013 11:44AM
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hospitals can charge what ever they want if u don't have insurance they just tell u pay it or we will send it to collections and garnish your check hows that for getting screwed twice .

May 16, 2013 9:22AM
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For profit healthcare makes Satan happy.

Greed and profits over people is Satanic.

May 16, 2013 11:45AM
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its better to be an illegal and get the medical attention as to avoid the bill all together
May 16, 2013 11:11AM
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Depends on who you are and who is paying the bill.
May 16, 2013 1:23PM
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WELCOME TO THE REALITY OF GREED!!!!!!!!
May 16, 2013 10:12AM
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It sure doesn't look like you want to get sick or have a heart attack in California.  You could pay 5 times more in California for the same treatment in any other state.  Just what is California going to do when the big earth quake comes ? ?  It looks like even the movie stars could be left out in the cold.

 

 

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May 16, 2013 12:28PM
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Strange........

I paid $2.50 for a Braut sandwich in Denver and $8.00 for the same Braut in New York CIty.

Then I went to the ball park in the same city and paid $12.00 for the same Braut.

May 16, 2013 1:20PM
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Me and my insurance company paid $250,000 for my heart surgery while the undocumented, uninsured guy in the room next to me paid almost nothing.

THANK YOU MEXICO

May 16, 2013 12:07PM
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There was a story on one of the news stations in Kansas City. Treatment for chest pain at several metro area hospitals ranged from 8,000 dollars to 36,000 dollars. For the same condition ?

The bottom price was in a low income area and the top amount was in an affluent suburb. Go figure.

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If I ever needed treatment for a gunshot wound however, I would opt for the one in the low income area. They have far more experience in that field.

 

 

May 16, 2013 2:54PM
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When Health Care Reform was passed,  Hospitals, to gain their support or at least passive neutrality, were given the right to peg their costs or fees at current levels without any review.  Hospitals and other providers do not have to provide information on how they establish costs and their audits don't illuminate anything.  Providing universal, quality health care to everyone is impossible without controlling costs and this issue was virtually ignored in the Reform Act.  Some folks want to make it a partisan issue, i.e. Republicans don't care about the poor and Democrats do.  That is bogus.  It is a matter of paying for care - not providing coverage that doesn't actually pay for care.  Drug companies were not only given a free pass on the cost issue, they were rewarded and encouraged to continue bleeding the public for seven additional years with protected exclusive rights to life saving drugs - no competition, charge all you want.  There are drugs out there that can be produced for pennies that are going for thousands of dollars a month.  We allowed the partisan debate and phony rhetoric to blind us to fact that the Reform Act did not address real problems and is making things worse rather than better.
May 16, 2013 2:02PM
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The Healthcare system in the US is the biggest rip off in the history of this planet. This includes the doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, etc. By design, they have created a complicated and bureaucratic dynasty and special interest group immune to any type of control by well meaning politicians. I think there might be a few well meaning politicians left, but I could be wrong.  
May 16, 2013 1:28PM
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This article says enough realive to the fact the USA needs a Universal Health care system whereby all Americansreceive the same and equal care and costs and standard HC bills.

 

Our Country is so very out of control it doesn't know which way to turn or at which Intersection.

Obamacare is a failure for it continues to offer more HC to the wealthy than to those who are iin lower income bracket. Thus it will fail for it continues to separate services based on wealth thus it fails to join us together and offer equal treatment and cost no matter one's finances can and cannot afford! 

May 16, 2013 2:45PM
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Medical field is nothing but a rip off.
May 16, 2013 1:31PM
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hospitals save lives at what cost does big government and regulations contribute to these cost add in the padding and lining of corporate pockets and you have your answer
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