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I’m fine if people saying let’s try those systems also want to show how they are funded like really.

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Welcome to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the judge has no law degree, debt collectors get a cut of the bail, and Americans are watching their lives — and liberty — disappear in the pursuit of medical debt collection: When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested
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If we stop these behaviors, then how will doctors pay med school loans off.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... -up-25-865
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That BCBS wrote the check blows my mind. I wonder if there were coding shenanigans to make it not raise a flag in their system - like some indicator that it was not standard swab but credibly could have been one of the exotics.

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JasonL wrote:
23 Dec 2019, 11:05
That BCBS wrote the check blows my mind. I wonder if there were coding shenanigans to make it not raise a flag in their system - like some indicator that it was not standard swab but credibly could have been one of the exotics.
Must have been something like that. The bureaucracy runs on it's own inertia, but it's set up to impede the outflow of moneys until all flags are green.
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They probably have done this hundreds of times before and gotten away with it. Probably started small and just kept layering stuff on to see how much they could get away with. You don’t just start at a $25K throat swab.
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Vox's fair and balanced look at Australia's hybrid healthcare system
Australia’s Medicare is funded by a levy — 2 percent of personal taxable income; low-income workers making less than AU$22,398 (about $15,000) are exempted — and other tax revenues. Public hospitals, where people with Medicare go to get care, are funded primarily by the states, territories, and government. Those facilities provide every kind of care, but they take on the bulk of the emergency work; out of their 6.7 million total episodes in 2017-18, 2.8 million of them were emergency cases that were subsequently admitted to the hospital.

Grafted on top of this public program is a private health system. About half of Australians, predominantly people in higher income brackets like Eloise Shepherd and Madeleine Campbell, purchase private insurance that gives them access to private hospitals and other services, like dental and vision care, that are not covered by Medicare. (Lower-income people can get private coverage if they want, and receive a tax rebate, but compared to other Australians, few of them do.) Private health facilities focus primarily on elective procedures: Of 4.4 million episodes in 2016 and 2017, just 230,000 were emergencies.
The hybrid system is partly the result of a long-running political tug-of-war. Conservatives argue the public system should function as a safety net, and warn it would be overwhelmed without the private sector there to relieve some of the pressure. The left-leaning Labor Party believes funding the public system sufficiently should be the priority and seems more content to let private insurance coexist with Medicare. Even at the system’s lowest point, in the mid-1990s, 30 percent of Australians were buying private insurance. The current share is well above that.
For individuals under 65 making up to AU$90,000 a year or families with a household income below AU$180,000, the government will subsidize almost one-fourth of their private insurance premium. Older people get a more generous subsidy. The tax rebate starts to taper off above that threshold, cutting out completely for individuals making more than AU$140,000 a year and families making more than AU$240,000.
The whole thing is worth a read with a grain of salt.
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Also a little something something for nicole
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