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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Ethics, Health care, Media, Medicare

NYT Tries to Fathom Stunning Hospital Fees

NYT Tries to Fathom Stunning Hospital Fees

Money-ManThe New York Times, specifically Elizabeth Rosenthal, tries to get behind the outrageous and invariably murky costs of inpatient and ER care. Hospitals claim that they’re compensating for indigent care and low reimbursements from government programs, namely Medicaid and Medicare. But economists find that hospitals charge what they charge primarily because they can, and that there are few or no constraints to control or moderate their astronomical and inexplicable fees. I personally believe that there’s no reason a hospital administrator should have an annual income that exceeds that of your average primary care doctor (and certainly no more than $1 million).

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.