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March 1st, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/1/2010

Editor's Note: On Monday, as Congress continues to grapple with proposed health care reform, American Morning’s audience zeroed in on health care waste. Many thanked CNN for the investigative series, while sharing solutions as well as their own health care horror stories.

  • James: GREAT commentary on waste in the health care industry. It was an eye opener to hear of $1000 mischarge for a toothbrush. I PRAY you will take this further and show how much a toothbrush normally costs during a hospital stay, no just when there is a mischarge. If the regular household cringes at Joe The Plumber's bill, that will run in horror at what the hospital charges! The health care industry has become a government sanctioned monopoly and as a country we can't afford it. Please join in; we can't afford to get sick. The Obama plan is NOT the solution. It perpetuates the problem!
  • Gina: If I was an Ins. Comp. & was to Ins. YOU I would have a monthly statement to go out to Insured like a credit card statement. An itemized Bill that either your Dr. Hospital, or testing Facility carded them for including an year end statement what you & employer paid vs how much you spent. Like a credit you must pay at certain date with a HCare credit card you must verify at certain date that charges our carrier paid for is correct...with a small fine for not complying.....This will certainly keep down costs & Medicare & Caid should do the same.....You know […] well if something is fishy on your credit cards, you call up screaming to high […] right..same should be on Hcare.
  • Mary: Hairdresser for 40 some years. Man stories I could tell of either my clients or the others working there. One lady came in with her laminated bill of her aging husband that was charged for labor room and delivery room plus. The hospital dunning her for over 6 months as Medicare refused to pay the bill. Funniest thing I ever heard. Not only her husband an old man, but hardly have a baby. When my children born 1966, 1970, 1977, 1980, I brought the Kotex to the hospital to keep from exorbitant charges of at first $29.99, then, it was $36, then last two was close to $59. Brought my own aspirin. Remember hospitals buy in bulk and wholesale. Not in the store things. Vets for animals are equally as horrifying. Why so many pets get euthanized because vets are overcharging for services and products. I was purchasing some of that tainted dog food in which my dog's kidney's were bleeding at $80 a whack, and buying it from the vet. I now cook for my dogs.

What do you think? Is there a better way to prevent waste in the health care system? Continue the conversation below.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Barb Loney

    It's no wonder people cannot afford health insurance. What about the salaries of the medical sales reps that spend their days sucking up to doctors, taking them free lunches (like they cannot afford lunch!) and smooshing the office staff. I know teachers that have resigned to go into healthcare sales because they make three times the money, drive a company car and choose thier own hours. Who do you think pays for all of this? We do.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  2. JoeS

    With all these horror stories about overcharges, how can anyone believe the Republicants who say Government can't provide healthcare? If the Govt. provided healthcare, at least you could write to your Congressman to complain! Who do you talk to at a hospital, when you have a problem? You get passed around until you end up talking to yourself!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  3. Dick Cooper

    This question my have been asked before, but why not ask why can't congress just provide the same health care to the American people as that which is provided them? Should be interesting to watch them stammer and try to convince use why we should not share the same benefits.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  4. Stacy

    I'm a registered nurse currently working in an ER, the waste I see every day is alarming. Not only by the health care system, but by the general population. The population expects that every test under the sun be performed, and most of them do NOT pay for it, WE do. Hence the ridiculous cost of care. Paying for all of those uninsured or underinsured. Something needs to be done.
    Those of us with health insurance don't have the luxury of shopping around as Elisabeth Cohen suggested, were bound to the provisons of our insurance co., I have tried that and it is definitely a no win situation.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    The largest challenge facing hundreds of thousands of American Medical Association MD's across America is how to quickly replace the billions of dollars they invested in the stock-market and investment firms that were lost when the world's economy tanked 2008-2009 and they lost billions of dollars.

    Now AMA MD's have to come up with ever clever ways to hyper-markup routine office visits, pour on expensive tests and create as many follow-up visits as their patients insurance policy's will pay for. In short the biggest challenge today for AMA MD's is to hose their patients with more exorbitant charges and costs than they had before.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:39 am |
  6. Georgia

    ACCOUNTABILITY!! The unfortunate problems in this government is they DO NOT KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS OR WENT or where it is coming from. Its a Secret. Now they want to add more misuse of taxpayers dollars with this foolish health care plan with out accountability. Just to save the Democratic name.


    March 2, 2010 at 12:13 am |
  7. Karen Addington

    Hosptals, etc have been charging outrageous prices for tylenol / other for years & years. Why is it now that CNN is finally highlighting and reporting the issue?

    March 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm |