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Factors In Rising Health Care Costs

Jan 23, 2008
People wonder what makes health care costs so high in this age we live in. It seems that anyone should be able to go to the doctor for a visit and not have to pay more than forty or fifty dollars. Gone are the days when the doctor could be given a chicken or a couple dozen eggs to settle the bill. What has caused the costs to rise to the point that people can't afford to go to the doctor and many doctors and hospitals can not stay in business?

Causes Of Increased Health Care Costs

One major cause in rising health expenses is the inclusion of the legal system with the medical system. Every time someone decides to sue a doctor or hospital they can be confident that the health expenses are affected. Doctors and hospitals will always pass along the costs of malpractice insurance and of any other legal costs. This is not to say that doctors and hospitals should not be sued if they do not perform up to basic standards of medical care. What is important to understand is that anytime litigation takes place the patients, doctors and hospitals will all suffer and medical care prices will rise.

Another cause of the rising medical care prices is insurance companies, including Medicare, setting the prices for medical procedures. When a patient receives a bill from the hospital or doctor it is almost always more than what the insurance companies will pay. When the balance due bill is sent to patients they often can not afford to pay and will have to be sent to collections. Often the bills have to be written off by the medical facility. This adds to the costs of health assistance for every other patient. It is a vicious circle that once in place can not be broken.

A Final Cause Of Rising Medical Care Expenses

The rising costs of every day living also affect the health field. All costs increase including the costs to maintain buildings to the cost of purchasing medical supplies. These increases are all passed on to the patient. Even the increasing cost of gasoline will cause health expenses to rise. The cost of living is a direct determinant to the cost of good medical care. There is no easy solution to the rising costs but society can be sure if there is not some sort of health protection reform the situation will only worsen.
About the Author
Roland Jefferson is an online researcher based out of Los Angeles, Calfornia. For free resources covering History of Health Care, please visit our History of Health Care Resource.
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