So this came by my Facebook yesterday and to tell you the truth, it never actually occurred to me that people might think this, but yeah…
Now I, for one, know that hospitals and doctors are not charging for real prices for our medical treatments and medicines. I mean when a medicine first comes out, it costs hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to the customer. Once it’s been out a while — long enough for a generic — it’s down to tens of dollars. I’m not a genius, but it doesn’t take a genius to understand that if it can go down to tens of dollars, then it always cost tens of dollars to make. The hundreds (or thousands) was a mark up for “research and development” and to line insurance companies’ pockets. Mamma didn’t raise no fool.
I also read my bill when I get it from the doctor, and the markup for things in the hospital are astronomical. The splint that they put on my finger costs almost 100 times more than the one I bought at the store the next day… and they buy those things in bulk. Don’t tell me they don’t get a discount for them. It’s great if someone has insurance, but if you’re like me — someone who’s been flying under the insurance radar for most of her adult life, well, that splint just might break the bank. So yeah… things aren’t as they appear.
But it never occurred to me that people here in the USA might actually believe that medicine and medical treatment actually costs what they’re being billed. And why wouldn’t they? I mean, this is all they know. And if this is the case, that it would be the reason why they’re against universal health care. And honestly, that makes me a little sad.