The Most Worthless 90s Collectibles You Spent Money On – Ranker
22 Animals You Might Not Know Exist – Ned Hardy
And This Is Why Cartel Leaders Shouldn’t Floss On Instagram – Caveman Circus
Sofia Vergara Rocks Out In Her Sexy Swimsuit – Crowd Ignite
Gorgeous Law Breaking Girls And Their Stories – Hexagram
50 Cent Testifies that his Lavish Lifestyle Was all Fake – Worthly
A collection of beautiful rumps to celebrate hump day – Bro My God
23 Images That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat – Linkiest
Man can’t remember anything longer than 90 minutes after dentist visit – Newser
Bella Thorne rocking some tights – G-Celeb
People Are Tripping On DMT To Lose All Perception Of Time And Reality – Elite Daily
Drunk Russian Catches A Log With His Face (video) – Leenks
10 Bone-Chilling Messages People Sent Just Before Their Deaths – Thought Catalog
Kate Bosworth is a Pretty Lady (38 Photos) – Radass
Why these 7 celebs left Scientology – Death And Taxes
26 Sexy Pictures Of Russian Model Helga Lovekaty – Regretful Morning
10 McDonald’s Hacks to Make Your Meals Even Happier – Food Beast
Damn hot girl with damn seductive glance – Double Viking
Grown-up brother and sister will finally be released for a murder they committed at 12 and 13 – Business Insider
25 Fake Products That Need To Be Real Immediately – World Wide Interweb
9 Dirty Tricks Bartenders Use To Take More Of Your Money – Thrillist
Swiss model Michelle Hunziker and her 18-year-old daughter Aurora Ramazzotti – Celeb Slam
This Heartbreaking Photo Of Two Shelter Dogs Hugging Saved Them From Being Put Down – Pulptastic
Unnecessary censorship creates a whole new meaning on pictures (21 Photos) – Bad Sentinel
Doutzen Kroes Sports a Six Pack, Probably from Not Eating – The Blemish
Bill Simmons To Join HBO – NY Times
City Of God
Although the 2014 World Cup may have depicted otherwise, Rio de Janeiro isn’t the most hospitable of places. Adapted from author Paulo Lins’ semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, City of God follows a young boy named Rocket as attempts to skirt the drugs, gang violence, and crime plaguing the Brazilian slums he calls home for three decades. It’s both breathtaking and terrifying, with excellent character development, camerawork, and authenticity.
Why are US healthcare prices are so high?
This seemingly outrageous bill is an artifact of how healthcare is billed in the US. It’s incredibly dumb, but here’s why it’s so ridiculous on its face. The patient will almost certainly pay much less than what’s on the bill. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Part of the reason costs are so high in the US is because it’s a coy little game (especially in the fee-for-service model). Providers bill far above their actual cost because they know that they’ll be reimbursed pennies on the dollar (about $0.20 from Medicare, less from -caid, slightly more from private insurers). The provider, however, can’t charge different rates to different payers, so even if they wanted to charge you cost + a bit more to, you know, “have an income,” they can’t because they’ll be audited by the government. So, when you get a bill for 10k, without insurance they have to bill that much, but in reality they may get 2k. Additionally, most hospitals will send you the 10k bill, then take the 2k you pay and be happy with that, even if you’re paying cash. But that detracts from the narrative of “greedy doctors and hospitals.”
In the comments on these sorts of posts, populist appeals just find their way to the top of the discussions. Ever read the posts about how a bag of saline costs $0.44 to create so that’s exactly what inpatients should be charged (who cares about sterilization, standardization, regulation, storage, provider oversight, IV access, etc). Somehow, the fact that administering tylenol costs $6 in the hospital is a reflection of the prescribing physician’s greed and the insane margins that hospital administration can yield. Because, as we all know, everybody pays their bills and those costs are in no way related to high human resource costs, liability, regulation, and displaced reimbursement for services rendered below cost.
An enormous part of the “high cost” here is also the fact that anyone with coverage is subsidizing all people without coverage. Guess what happens when some gangbanger gets his tib/fib blown up? Ortho admits him and does the floor work/surgery/post-op for free. The radiologists read the studies, the nurses care for the patient, the lab uses reagents to run tests, etc. Plus the opportunity cost of a bed being used by someone who doesn’t pay jack shit. Physicians and hospitals do a ton of what is essentially free work for a significant portion of the hospital population and you, insured responsible adult, are paying for the care of such individuals.
This is exactly the type of situation that things like the bronze level plan were designed for in “obamacare” – catastrophic medical emergencies. And let’s be very clear here: this person likely would have died without ICU level care and (extremely expensive) antivenom. Even with a bronze plan (the coverage of which is total garbage, admittedly), the total out of pocket maximum for this care should be around $6500 . While that’s not cheap, I kinda think that’s a bargain price for something that saves my life. If this person didn’t have insurance… well, that seems like a really bad life decision. It’s now legally required and subsidized for those who can’t afford it.
While he is notoriously reclusive, El Chapo Guzman’s sons have no qualms about taking to social media and bragging about their flamboyant lifestyle of fast cars, women and excess.