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    *IF* an uninsured person pays for services when rendered at a hospital or clinic, they usually will discount to the insurance allowable. I have even seen ER's and hospitals offer a 50% discount for paying in full at the time of service. A friend of mine (very wealthy), doesn't believe in paying for insurance, he's more or less self insured. His wife was hospitalized for a few weeks, her bill totaled around $40k. He wrote a check for $22k upon her discharge.
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    @Denizen_Kate I have no credit cards, except for medical, if I can, t buy it outright I don, t need it? I have a friend who used to work for ccc, she said except for office visits and electives they don, t affect your credit score? Havn, t checked mine in years
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    Mary, please thank you for taking a moment to espose the liberal media in this country.

    PolitixMary: "Incidentally, don't trust the headline you'll see on some liberal media sources. The Washington Post incorrectly proclaims that "The royal birth cost $15,000. The average American birth is billed at $30,000." That's wrong because it compares apples and oranges:$30,000 includes all prenatal care costs, whereas $15,000 is just the price of Kate's delivery."

    Many die hard liberal posters on this site won't believe it from me, but maybe when they see even you have exposed the lies, twists, and exaggerations the liberal media employs, well, maybe they might start to see what the rest of us see.
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    If by "start to see what the rest of us see" you mean that news is driven by profit and not facts then congratulations! You've just learned why Fox News doesn't claim to be the most factual in their commercials!
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    A $10 drug progesterone (to prevent premature babies) was regulated by the FDA under Obama and exclusive rights to manufacture it was given to KV Pharmaceutical. Now the drug costs $1500 a dose AND if any of the non-brands are made, the FDA will "take action" against those pharmacies.

    http://healthland.time.com/2011/03/10/can-pat...

    This is one of the reasons why we are so much more expensive then the rest of the world.
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    @Yank got to keep big pharm, big ag and the rest of the big money donors pouring in that campaign funding and taking you out to those $400 lunches (and before all you Obama fanatics say well Bush did it to and get you tighty whities in a knot let me add), typical the corrupt politcal machine has become the US government. It's getting to be time for people and the left and right to take a stand, as long as you can pry yourselves away from American Idol and posting what you ate for dinner on Facebook.
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    "Many die hard liberal posters on this site won't believe it from me, but maybe when they see even you have exposed the lies, twists, and exaggerations the liberal media employs, well, maybe they might start to see what the rest of us see."

    Seriously, Neo? What about your own claim above that: "Once obysmalcare gets its hooks into our health care system, the cost of having a baby will probably be around $50k." I think we all know where you got that figure. This is how misinformation and outright lies get started. Unless you, yourself, are a liberal, then liberals aren't the only ones doing it.
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    We have the worst health care system among first world nations for the working and middle class and the best in the world for the rich. It's time to relegate the insurance companies to supplemental insurance and provide Medicare for everyone.
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    My boys were born in 1972 & 1974 we didn't have insurance for either, the bills were like $ 500 and $600 total and $200 for the OB-GYN. I stayed 6 and 7 days which was customary at the time. How things have changed and not for the better.
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    That's before hospitals realized how much money they were missing out on by not committing Medicare/Medicaid and insurance fraud!
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    Yep. Medicaid helped decide that a lengthy hospital stay wasnt needed and helped cut costs, then once the government undercut the docs the insurance companies said "hey we ain't paying if Medicaid ain't paying for that much!"
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    I thought we had a war so we wouldn't have to give a crap about the royal family? Seriously though, do you honestly think they were even charged?
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    Yes they are "charged". In 1980 my parents took a vacation in the UK. My mother slipped and fell jumping from the boat to a dock. An ambulance took her to the local hospital, x rays, overnight in a hospital, ride back to the boat. All this with no out of country insurance. Total cost for all this? 25c for a prescription. Why the UK is a civilised country and you are in the dumpster.
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    I find it almost amusing, but crazy and boring at all the coverage of this birth, who cares (too many, lol), babies are born everyday, but of course this one is special, just the ultra rich media moguls covering one of their own...isn't there some "real" news to be covered out their?
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    @hankf68 I like how Louis C.K. Put it.
    "It's only the best baby ever. I mean it already has a castle and everything."
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    The difference in the UK is that every doctor does not have to be a millionaire and the hospitals don't make millions in profit along with the insurance companies.
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    If we didn't have so many illegals getting free care and people who choose not pay into the idea of "insurance" maybe our costs would be lower. It would also help if we were all royalty.
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    A Brit friend of mine was amused when I told him I had just learned the Guiness brewery had a building lease for 1,000 years. I thought it showed remarkable business optimism.

    Wrong. Turns out the Crown owns about every square inch of commercial property in London. When a business gets a lease, it's on the Crown's terms.

    So that makes me wonder - was the cost of the new prince's delivery a landlord's discount?
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    what for popping out a baby you guys are getting ripped off In australia we don;t pay anything its covered by the health system.
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    @MarkColwell c-section was all ... baby was to big for her to have ... plus hospital billed her twice since her insurance covered it! Like I keep saying ... it's all one big scam!
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    @whitetip We don't have socialist healthcare in the in our country nor do we want it! I prefer to pay for my own expenses rather than being a burden to society and forcing everyone else to pay for my expenses by increasing taxes which they have no business or obligation paying for in the first place!

    I'd prefer no insurance at all ... remove the government programs and insurance companies which is the sole reason the cost are sky high because the whole system is nothing but one big fraudulent scam! The cost of healthcare would drop dramatically!
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    @whitetip Both my Dad and I retired from the Army so I've always been able to enjoy socialist healthcare. The private system that most Americans endure is rife with greed and corruption, the Insurance companies follow the old Pirates motto "Take what you can, give nothing back." I'm glad I don't have to deal with them.
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    Congratulations to american babies. You literally begin life in a fiscal hole you will never escape. Kinda makes ya proud to be an american don't it.
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    Its all relative. Be willing to pay 20% VAT and nearly $8/gal of gas and you can get "free" stuff also. Don't forget there's MOT and TV tax also. Nothing comes free you pay one way or another.
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    Trust me. Brits would sooner pay the fees than live "on the edge" like americans. Same for Australia, NZ, Canada, etc. There is no free health care anywhere but americans pay the most for the worst.
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    Once obysmalcare gets its hooks into our health care system, the cost of having a baby will probably be around $50k. This is one of the reasons I strongly support any and every effort to repeal that disastrous program before it's too late.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix I'm in the middle on Obama-care, Maybe I don't know all the facts. If you could cite those resources that would be great.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix - "the cost of having a baby will probably be around $50k." Where are you getting that estimate? If you just made it up, is it actually based on something solid or verifiable? Or [more likely] you just felt like tossing a big number out there to see if others would start quoting it as if it were true?
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix not necessarily because it'll be geared more towards a Chinese medical system... so if you're going to have a female child... certainly the cost would be much higher because they're undesirable... but if you're going to have a male child... the cost would be lower... its got to do with the whole "males can turn the wheel better than females".. but you know , that's what fundamental change looks like.
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    @Ironicguy Pick up a copy online. It stand over 6 feet tall when printed. They passed it so now we can read it.
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    What a great health care system we have here. Someone has to pay for services of the poor that are unable to pay and the illegals that have no incentive to pay.
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    Who gives a crap about the birth of a new "Royal" potato...?!! I mean really who gives a crap? Kate gave birth to Royal Jelly, or.. birth to a Jelly Roll... or what ever.. who cares!! I personally thing they are a "Royal Pain".
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    Births here are very expensive. I had insurance and the out of pocket cost was about what the article claimed. You add in prenatal care and you add a lot to that. Poor can afford to keep having babies. They get Medicaid that covers all prenatal care and the birth. My step daughter-in-law just had twins with not a penny out of pocket because she was on pregnancy Medicaid. She now gets all formula for free through the WIC program. They just have to buy diapers and clothes. Frankly I'm surprised there isn't a program that pays for diapers. They pay for everything else!
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    Somebody clear this up for me, I'm 16. If a woman gives birth at her house or in automobile, does that cost anything?
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