Mitz, the insurance carriers negotiate "discounts" with the providers. It seems to usually be in the 40-60% range. Then they hike their prices to twice what they really need to cover expenses, because if they didn't they'd go broke. $5000 seems like a lot, but most of that cost is for the medication. We also have to pay for the facility, the equipment, the nurses and other staff, the pharmacist who dispenses the medication, the facility's, nurses and doctor's insurance, etc. It adds up pretty quickly, unfortunately.
At least here, I know the hospitals are all non-profit and often have trouble making ends meet. They're required to provide a certain amount of free or extremely fee-reduced indigent health care, Medicaid and Medicare rates are low and everything they buy costs twice as much because it's for medical use. The solution to our health-care crisis isn't easy.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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