When health care was affordable

A bill from the Community Hospital of Beloit, Kansas, for a patient with appendicitis:

Hospital bill from 1932

Notes Gerard Van der Leun:

Adjusting for inflation since 1932 the cost in today’s dollars would be $2,265.49.

This does not include the surgeon’s fee.

Not that you can expect to pay anything like that to today’s Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems. And there’s this, from five years ago:

[T]he charges for treating appendicitis at hospitals in California ranged from about $1,500 to more than $182,000.

Moreover, patients usually have no idea what their bill will be when they enter the hospital, said study researcher Dr. Renee Hsia, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. And those who provide care are usually unaware of how much their treatment recommendations cost, Hsia said.

What’s changed since then? Only the prices, which are higher.





1 comment »

  1. McG »

    6 August 2017 · 8:27 am

    Moreover, patients usually have no idea what their bill will be when they enter the hospital

    Seems like a law enacted to make health care affordable ought to have addressed that, unless the law’s title was a lie from the start.

    […]

    Oh. Right.

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