This Is What’s Horribly Wrong With Health Care

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Technology and Business
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I recently had a physical and told my doctor my energy levels were down.

We talk about some routine stuff… but then he quickly got to, “how are you sleeping? You might want to get in touch with the local sleep clinic and check yourself for sleep apnea.”

I asked if this was covered by insurance and he said, “yeah, and it’s one of the easier things to check for.”

So, he entered in a referral and we moved on.

I wonder if he even knew the financial ramifications of what he was recommending?

Within a day or so, I got not one but two calls from the seep clinic. Wow, I thought, that’s some customer service.

At the rates they charge the health care system, it’s no wonder.

$500-$700 for the initial consult…

… and $7,500-$8,500 for a single night… !

Worse: Not once did my doctor ask me, “well, what can be interrupting your sleep?”

How about an 8-year old that still tries to climb in bed a few times a night? How about drinking too much liquids before bed? How about a ton of stress?

All which are true.

How about asking me if I had any of the symptoms of sleep apnea?

No, instead, it was, “let’s check you for sleep apnea… it’s covered by insurance… and it’s one of the easier things we can rule out.”

And… what was left either unsaid or unknown:

And cost health care — and ultimately you and me — a fortune.

No wonder health care costs are OUT OF CONTROL.

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