Thursday February 21, 2013

In this exclusive, unedited interview, Steven Brill explains the large discrepancy between what hospitals charge and what medical services actually cost. (06:25)

Steven Brill Extended Interview Pt. 1

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In this exclusive, unedited interview, journalist Steven Brill examines the enormous profits reaped by the not-for-profit health care industry. (04:23)

Exclusive – Steven Brill Extended Interview Pt. 2

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In this exclusive, unedited interview, Steven Brill warns against the combination of profit motive and no accountability that characterizes the health care industry. (03:57)

Exclusive – Steven Brill Extended Interview Pt. 3

Category: Economy, Taxes and Policy, Video

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4 Responses to “TDS: Steven Brill on Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us”

  1. Frilton Miedman says:

    I was blue in the face in 2009-2010 talking about the subject in the first video – why no one talks about COSTS instead of spending,

    While the GOP constantly cited “expert” stats from the Lewin Group, a subsidiary of United Health Insurance, to make their arguments- FOX network pummeled it’s 60% share of the news audience with lies & fearful political brainwashing/propaganda.

    No one was talking about the COST of healthcare, only about cutting “entitlements”.

    While nearly 50% of those costs are government subsidized (40% Medicare/Medicaid, the rest in tax subsidy), it’s not “Socialism” to ask the government to use it’s buying power to negotiate those costs.

    Yet one more problem directly tied to the SCOTUS, citizens United, allowing the most powerful & wealthy to own us via political bribery.

  2. romerjt says:

    Exactly as Frilton said . . this is from an article in the New Yorker by “Atul Gawande “Big Med” wondering why medicine can’t be as efficient as The Cheesecake Factory?

    “I’d come from the hospital that day. In medicine, too, we are trying to deliver a range of services to millions of people at a reasonable cost and with a consistent level of quality. Unlike the Cheesecake Factory, we haven’t figured out how. Our costs are soaring, the service is typically mediocre, and the quality is unreliable. Every clinician has his or her own way of doing things, and the rates of failure and complication (not to mention the costs) for a given service routinely vary by a factor of two or three, even within the same hospital.”

    Really a good read.

  3. Brody says:

    What would happen if cities or states passed laws requiring hospitals to publish their chargemaster prices openly, front and center on their web site perhaps. I think that people would start shopping around for medical centers with lower chargemaster prices. I know I would.

  4. to accompany..

    “Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father – and How We Can Fix It”

    David Goldhill

    About the Program

    In 2007 David Goldhill’s father died from an infection incurred at a hospital due to medical mistreatment. Mr. Goldhill, president and CEO of the Game Show Network, contends that his father’s death was avoidable and questions how the nations’ health care system allows over 200,000 similar deaths due to error. The author presents his thoughts on the expansion of health care coverage and why patients need to be more like customers who are active participants in the cost of their care. David Goldhill speaks at the Harvard Club in New York City.

    http://ww.booktv.org/Program/14215/Catastrophic+Care+How+American+Health+Care+Killed+My+Father+and+How+We+Can+Fix+It.aspx

    Goldhill makes, many, very Valid Points..