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TIME: What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash … “For a direct-pay system to work, she says, providers must be willing to give away care …”

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slide6Twila Brase, president of the conservative Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom and one of the most energetic advocates of free-market-based health care, acknowledges the problem. For a direct-pay system to work, she says, providers must be willing to give away care …

By Haley Sweetland Edwards / Oklahoma City

Jan 26, 2017 – When Art Villa found out, after one too many boating accidents, that he needed a total knee replacement, he began asking around to see how much it would cost. The hospital near his home in Helena, Mont., would charge $40,000 for the procedure, he says. But that didn’t include the anesthesiologist’s fee, physical therapy or a stay at a rehabilitation center afterward. A 2015 Blue Cross Blue Shield study found that one hospital in Dallas billed $16,772 for a knee replacement while another in the same area charged $61,585.

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SOURCE: TIME; http://time.com/4649914/why-the-doctor-takes-only-cash/

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