After years of groaning and whining about how "consumers" are "driving up costs" of medical procedures, the consumers are FINALLY given a price-list.
The clucking and tut-tutting went on, of course, because it's a hell of a lot easier to blame "consumers" than it is to blame, say, hospitals, or health plan administrators. That would be simply un-club-man-like. So the unwashed louts in the street took it on the chops, regularly. After all, they don't frequent the Milwaukee Athletic Club--
Rambo and his backers---Briggs & Stratton, the Journal Company, et al., deserve thanks for having simply demanded price postings.
Next step: the companies and Humana will draw a line: if you really, really want your "C" at Aurora, that's OK--but YOU will pay the $3K difference above the cost at St Mary's.
After that: coupons!!!
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