I came across the website of Restoring Medicine recently and recommend you visit it if you are concerned about rising American healthcare expenses.
This graph shows the change in time of costs for various consumer goods and services in the US over the last 20 years.
While TVs and computer software costs are dropping, hospital services have increased 200%. As Restoring Medicine points out:
Spending on health care threatens every aspect of American society. The time for common-sense reform has arrived. All of us can play a part in driving badly needed reforms, both in the marketplace and in the policy world. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Restoring Medicine is a “grassroots movement of people who believe that transparency can cut waste, expose the money games and lower healthcare costs for everyone.”
They provide patients with a toolkit to fight against overcharged bills.
This 15 step detailed guide starts with
1. Ask for an itemized bill:
80% of medical bills contain an error. Review the services and let the hospital know of any that were not rendered. Look for duplicate charges. Hospitals will often delete line items when patients report inaccuracies. Use this tool to translate medical procedure codes and medical diagnosis codes into plain language so you can understand your bill.
Don’t hesitate to submit your story in the healthcare system to Restoring Medicine by filling out the form on their website here.