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Did you read the linked article, Doc? Do you think that a buck and a half for an aspirin tablet is a reasonable price?Those who 'make up the difference' are all too frequently those who can least afford it.
So essentially your rationale for high prices is labor and administrative cost? With all due respect, that's BS, Doc. Don't get your aspirin at the hospital? ROTFL!!! Right. Do you permit patients to self-medicate in any form while under hospital care? I'll ask again if you have read Brill's article? Yes, the laws must be changed, starting with Obamacare. Unfortunately, it's gonna get much worse before it even has a chance to get better.
...But the best efficiency is making people pay, up front, for their medical care and then let them get reimbursed by medicare, insurance companies, etc....for whatever the difference is. People will really decide if they can get by with a 2AM pregnancy test, or wait until 8 when the drugstore opens....and maybe use the money saved for better private insurance....But the cause isn't that hospitals charge a lot for the services rendered, its that 50 years of medicare and 80 years of Roosevelts health care insurance not being taxable have totally disrupted the health care market economics and this is the inevitable result. Either way, fixing the problem or not, will be quite painful and difficult.
I don't entirely agree with your rationale for the cost of meds,