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March 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Health care: Your stories of medical waste

(CNN) – This week we've been telling you how fifty cents of every dollar we spend on health care is wasted. Many of you have experienced this first-hand. Hundreds of you have been sharing with us your own stories about medical waste.

Our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joined us on Friday's American Morning to tell us about your response to her series, "Health Care: Prescription for waste?"

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Dan

    my friend had some knee pain after a soccer game. he went to a general practitioner who referred him to a specialist. The general practitioner took x rays (multiple) and gave him pain killers. He spent like 5 minutes with him. The specialists did not like the x rays and took new ones, then send him for an MRI.Also did not like the pills and gave him a prescription for the most expensive brand of the same pill. Total time with doctor, 4 minutes. The final bill was like $4,000. Insurance paid 75% but just imagine how much the doctor is charging him. Nobody ever mention cost of physicians when talking about the cost problems in the US. At the end my friend got nothing in his knee. In the second visit, the doc says everything is good, bye (time – 20 seconds) cost another 500 bucks!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  2. Tony D

    I had a heart attack last year I spent 1 and a half hours in the emergency room they gave me AB blocker 3 doses nitro gliceren
    and a pain shot then I was sent to a bigger hospital 2 hours down the road...the cost for the 1 1/2 hour stay to me was $11,000 I paid it all but $659 and they kept sending me bills for it and I told them they was paid enough already so leave me alone....I didnt have insurance and I deninitly cant get any now even if I could afford it...thanks to the GOP and their paid off cronies from the health care industry...if its left to the tea baggin crazies we will never have any insurance that is affordable......they claim the industry is ok like it is ..they are definitly brainwashed by party rhetoric...

    March 8, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  3. Tony D

    Well according to the GOP Blue Dog Dems and current Tea Baggers our health care system is the best in the world and is not broken and should not be fixed ...hmmm makes me wonder what planet they live on because its not the same one I live on. The only ones using that argument are in the republican party they have great jobs and good benifits and think everyone else does to..but if your poor unemployed an dont have insurance then its just to bad you should get a job and get off your lazy butt.. they live in a world of greed and self absorbed elitism...whooo be unto those who dont see it their way...

    March 8, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    Recently nearly 50% of the Omega Fatty Oil suppliment capsules tested from numerious suppliers were found to have higher amounts of the known carcigen than allowed under California law. Were ALL of the fish that oil came from also containing high levels of PCB's? OF COURSE THEY WERE!

    Bush-Cheney gutted the vast number of FDA inspectors leaving the American public at direct risk of serious diseases from the very food they eat. American corporations routinely dumped huge amounts of the industral waste oil known as PCB's and commonly used for liquid electrical insultion fluids in power transformers in sub stations and power plants for decades INTO THE OCEAN.

    Isn't it ironic that the very toxic waste chemical known as PCB's would end up in such concentrations in the world's commerical fisherys that ends up preventing country's from over harvesting them?

    The present problem however is that governments are not informing their residents of the inherent dangers that highly contaminated fish would have if you ate them. This ends up of course greatly benefiting the corrupt American Medical Industry in treating the victims for mega-dollars.

    Why the hyper-expensive markups recently? Doctors, Hospitals and Insurance Giants lost hundreds of Billions of profits in their investments in the stock market and are NOW attempting to recoup their losses by severely hosing their customers with hyper-expensive markups on their routine services. Corrupt MD's are turning to ever extensive tactics to milk as much money from each customer as they can thru as many return followups as their health insurance allows, as many expensive routines and procedures as their health insurance allows.

    March 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  5. Heaher

    Thanks for this series! It is crazy how much things cost. I took my daughter to the doctor for a cough on a Saturday. While we were there the doctor thought she may as well give the flu vaccinations. Cost was more than $269. $90 office visit. + 40% additional surcharge for Saturday appt. You would think they actually do something for that $90, but actually no. They charged me $70 to clean her ears and $20 to insert the vaccination shot (in addition to the cost of the vaccination itself). When I called to complain about the cost, the office manager said: a) we don't get paid all that; b) the insurance company lets them bill for ear cleaning – so what do I care.

    I am fortunate that I do have good insurance, so the visit cost me $20; but the inflated charges hurt all of us with higher premiums, and those that pay for doctor visits with cash get stuck with artifically high prices .

    March 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm |