Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why Not?

I just had an idea. A great idea for a website. If you've ever shopped for a new or used car, you might have used to determine the right price for that vehicle. Edmunds calculates it based on where you are; your zip code. Prevailing wholesale prices in that area are used plus a markup for the dealer. Voila! The fair price is….

So why can't we see something like that for healthcare? Appendectomies in Zip Code 94123 are Fair Priced at $7,450, including 2 days at the hospital of your choice within that Zip Code. Price includes all applicable taxes and 90 day warranty. Extended warranty is available for additional cost. Medicare pays 80% and the following approved supplemental insurers pay the remainder. List follows.

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