uconnrecruitingviolator wrote:you know what REALLY drives up costs? unnecessary testing. do i really need to get the cholesterol test my doctor orders every 6 months? do i really need a thyroid test every 6 weeks? i don't pay for that shit, my insurance does. my health care decisions and my doctor's recommendations would be much different if they actually had to sell me on why i should pay for these tests.
had a dentist tell me once that i needed 18 cavity fills. went to my regular dentist 3 hours away (i moved) and needed 1. the first dentist probably wanted a new beemer. there's nothing stopping doctors from doing the same thing, only health insurance usually covers much more than dental.
this is the real reason that costs continue to go up. not illegals in ER's, most primary care doctors are not at hospitals so how could the cost of illegal immigrants going to ERs affect what your independent doctor's office is charging you?
Low end lab and x-ray isn't driving up anything. Cholesterol screenings are cheap as shit and if it saves a $150,000 heart attack they're well worth it.
If you were talking about MRI, CT Scans, CAT Scans, PET Scans, etc you'd have a point, but low cost lab xray doesn't do shit.
Its a combination of everything that is wrong...and illegals are a part of the problem.