What amazes me is that the people who can afford to pay, pay less. I have insurance and recently my husband spent a few hours in the hospital. We received a bill for $3476 while my insurance company paid 100%, their "negoiated rate" was $1634, less than 50% of the billed amount. That's some discount for my company, which perhaps as a result can better pay my salary and that of my fellow employees, but makes me wonder what I would be up against if ever uninsured. If $1634 is a fair price for services rendered, why should the uninsured pay double?
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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