Hospitals Brilliantly Skirting Law

I think the hospitals are having fun with the new transparency law. Since they truly don’t want to disclose or compete they are opting to confuse. It’s a brilliant ruse and they are all doing it. Per the NY Times:

The data, posted online in spreadsheets for thousands of procedures, is incomprehensible and unusable by patients — a hodgepodge of numbers and technical medical terms, displayed in formats that vary from hospital to hospital. It is nearly impossible for consumers to compare prices for the same service at different hospitals because no two hospitals seem to describe services in the same way. Nor can consumers divine how much they will have to pay out of pocket.

How awesome is that? Here is my favorite quote from a patient:

“This is gibberish, totally meaningless, a foreign language to me,” said Sara Stovall, 41, of Charlottesville, Va., after looking at price lists for hospitals in her area.


Hey, Mrs. Stovall, check out the Monticello Community Surgical Center right there on Route 29. I had my knee scoped there for $3800 that included everything even pre and post doctor visits. I screenshot another procedure cost for you and put it up top. Check them out. Only if you do this can you force these major hospital idiots to play ball.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Hospitals Brilliantly Skirting Law

  1. Gerard Mazza
    January 16, 2019 at 7:44 am

    That is why the administrators get the big bucks. They figure out and game the system unlike us docs.

  2. bbneo
    January 15, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Data guys should be able to pull all of this together pretty quickly… Imagine… be the Priceline.com for hospital care…

    (What are we doing sitting here blogging about it!!!? Let’s get to work!)

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