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BREAKING NEWS

Surprise:
Even if you have
health insurance
You may be getting ripped off when you pay for some prescription drugs

December 11, 2017



Chronicle opinion

(NATIONAL) -- In America we live in a backward, convoluted, third-world rigged-system nation when it comes to buying prescription drugs and paying what is a fair price for those drugs.

Americans are ripped off to the tune of billions of dollars per year thanks to the stranglehold the US (bought and paid for) Congress has allowed 'Big Pharma' to have on pricing as well as the weakness and stupidity of the American people for not having the common sense God gave a donut to stand up and demand a fair deal like every other modern nation has.

Americans are sheep led to slaughter when to comes to allowing themselves to be ripped off by high drug prices. By comparison, residents of France, England, Ireland and other European and Scandinavian countries are sword-wielding, blood-thirsty consumer warriors.

They would never allow the same rigged system in their own countries. Heads would roll if their own lawmakers ever tried such thing.

If you don't believe that drug prices in America are a huge ripoff, just check the price chart (courtesy Sen. Bernie Sanders) you'll find in the story that links to this one.

Having health insurance is supposed to save you money on your prescriptions. But increasingly, Americans are finding that isn't so.

Ergo the case of Patrik Swanljung 72, of Anacortes here in our state. He found that out when he went to fill a prescription for a generic cholesterol drug.

In May, he handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply.

Then Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug — generic Crestor — for $45.89.

Blink had struck a better deal than did his huge insurer, UnitedHealthcare.

Read the rest of this important Sunday Chronicle feature story here .

After you get done reading that one, you'll really find your blood boiling when you read this one: "Cheated and Lied to": How Insurers and Manufacturers Mask the Truth About High Drug Prices

Where to get help if you think you're being overcharged by hospitals

One final note: if you think a hospital and/or doctor and/or lab bill was horrendously high and nobody in the billing department can tell you why, you may want to contact Medical Billing Advocates of America (https://billadvocates.com/learn-about-medical-billing-advocacy/) at 1-855-203-7058.

Founder Pat Palmer says they estimate that the "error rate" in medical billings is in the 80% to 90% range and her company is so confidant that most people have been over-billed for medical services, they work strictly on commission -- charging 25% of the amount they recover for you.

Palmer was quoted in one news article as saying, “There’s a reason you can’t understand your hospital bill. Nobody wants you to.”





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