Editorial: Medicaid concerns aren't going away

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2012 - 8:16 PM

Accountability should be top priority for lawmakers.

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borisbadenovDec. 16, 12 7:14 AM

Face it, the program is a pork barrel that begs to be abused and stolen from.

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pitythefoolsDec. 16, 12 9:12 AM

The Medical Care system is intentionally convoluted to avoid being held accountable and certainly not auditable in any reasonable manner. I know of at least four rates for exactly the same services from the same provider. The highest, the "list" price which almost no one but Saudi Princes pay. The "negotiated" in-network insurance price, which I see on my bills as being about 12% of the "list" price. The price that the uninsured pay, which can be anywhere between the insurance price and the list price depending on how much the provider thinks they can get from you. And the Medicare negotiated rate. I have been in charge of a services billing department. Getting accurate bills created in such an environment is a work of art, and in no way 100% accurate. Of course if we had nationalized health care LIKE EVERY OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATION ON EARTH there would be one negotiated price, and the "free market" would stop draining us of every dollar they can wrench from us.

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luzhishenDec. 16, 12 4:21 PM

The more complex the system, the easier it is to defraud. Single payer will eliminate a lot of this.

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LastgunshopDec. 19, 12 6:43 PM

When Jesson said; “The findings released today show that the financial management of publicly funded health care programs by managed care organizations in 2011 was generally sound.” Is she (Nuts). The same letter that she has is the same one I posted up at http://www.hmofraud.com No where in that letter does it say, “Was Generally Sound”

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smcinernyDec. 21, 1210:27 AM

National health care has drawbacks, too. I'm visiting Palm Speings area and an article in the Desert Sun recently profiled the Canadians who come here not only for the sun, but for health care - specifically MRIs and biopsy tests. There is often a wait of 7 months or more in Canada. (They're probably in the "1%" and have the money to travel and pay.) so, for every story about how great national health care is, there is often another side.

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