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Thu Sep 23, 2021, 08:07 PM

2. Agreed

For-profit health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and for-profit hospitals know that we have no other alternative, really. We have to pay what they charge, so they inflate the prices because they can.

Health care is not a commodity that behaves like others. It does NOT respond to changes in demand. Itís inelastic. If a person is hit by a car and unconscious in the street, they donít have the luxury of shopping around to see which provider is cheapest. In many areas of this country there is only ONE hospital, so there is no choice of where to go.

About 3 years ago I had my gallbladder removed and dealt with pancreatitis. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Not once in that time did anyone tell me how much something cost, and I didnít ask. I was hurting so much that I wouldíve paid a yearís salary for those pain meds. I didnít think about cost one single time.

Itís kinda like the fire department. When you call them, thereís usually just one department that will come to your house. No one asks about the cost of extinguishing the fire.

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