TruTV’s Adam Ruin Everything show discussed the rising costs of health care in America today. The segment discusses, among other things, hospitals inflating prices on Tylenol, charging $37/pill, and saline bags, charging $137 for a $12 bag, and how pricing differs for the same procedure at different hospitals and the practice of inflating charges to make insurance company “discounts” of 50% appear better than they are.
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From Adam Ruins Everything:
“We spend more per person annually on health care than any other developed nation. And a big part of the reason for that is that American hospitals overcharge patients massively.
The problem starts with something called the ‘Chargemaster’ … a secret document full of insane prices that hospital use to charge us whatever they want.”