by Rose Rohloff
The media writes about the desire for transparency with many in the public demanding posted costs for healthcare; however, the public fails to understand - healthcare is not the same as other businesses. First, in business production & marketing creates increased sales volume. Whereas, in healthcare volume is driven by need, and the primary goal of providers should be getting, keeping people healthy, in effect driving away their business. Second, the highest percent of revenue for hospitals comes from the government agency Health and Human Services (HHS), especially the Medicare division. Below is the formula for calculating inpatient payment. So unlike businesses, utilities, or other services, healthcare costs, prices and payments are not simple amounts to readily comprehend. Healthcare information has been publicly available, now is the time to educate consumers in the population of how to find and understand it to champion their care.
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