Phillip Minton M.D.

Posts Tagged ‘conventional’

The High Cost of Conventional Cancer Treatment

In cancer, non-hodgkins lymphoma on September 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Conventional medical care in America is shockingly expensive. If you have ever had the sad experience of being on the receiving end of hospital, laboratory, or medical office bills that are not covered by some government or private program, you know what I mean. How much do you think a chest x-ray would cost? Thousands are done daily, and it is an old technology. It shouldn’t cost that much, don’t you think? Would twenty dollars be fair? as a medical doctor I would think so, and as it turns out, so does Medicare. Medicare allows hospitals to charge them about $20 for a routine CXR. But is that what a normal cash paying patient is billed? No way. How about nearly 15 times that much…around $280?

A recent article in Time Magazine detailed the plight of a man newly diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a very serious type of cancer. His medical insurance paid only up to $2,000 per day for hospital care. However it was nothing compared with the actual cost. Here are some of the charges he incurred:

 

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