If we ever end up with socialized medicine…

January 24th, 2007

…it will be because of anti-social behavior like hospitals overcharging patients for common medications.

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  • 1. Nick  |  January 25th, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Part of the problem here (and I learned a lot about this when I made products for use in hospitals) is that hospital pharmacies have much higher costs than normal pharmacies. They barely mentioned this in the article, but it deserved a lot more.

    Of the problems that hospitals have to deal with is the potential for over, under, and mis-medication. With nursing shortages throughout the country, nurses are required to have higher and higher patient loads, and dispense A LOT of medication… and its hard to keep track.

    One of the things that hospitals have to do in order to alleviate this risk is go through considerable effort and expense to repackage drugs in the pharmacies for dispensing in itemized bags and bottles, with special bar coding. This adds significantly on top of the actual per pill cost that you normally pay at Walgreens.

  • 2. jp  |  January 25th, 2007 at 11:51 am

    If we ever end up with socialized medicine, it will be because of anti-social behavior like newspapers publishing simple-minded articles. People who fall for the fraud deserve some blame too.

  • 3. Administrator  |  January 25th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Seriously guys, $4 for a single advil?

    While there may be some higher costs associated with a pharmacy being inside a hospital, you’re not going to convince me that those costs necessitate from four to thirty times the markup on a product that is ALREADY marked up by a place like Walgreens.

  • 4. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  January 28th, 2007 at 10:12 am

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  • 5. jp  |  January 28th, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Decreasing charges for common hospital medications will result in higher charges for other hospital services. Decreasing charges does not decrease hospital costs

  • 6. Administrator  |  January 28th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Hey JP. I don’t understand your argument.

    Could you expand upon it?

  • 7. Melinda Omdahl  |  January 28th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Again – JP – that might be a great arguement if hospitals were actually losing money. But, clearly all evidence is to the contrary.

    Oh- and did I mention that it’s the NON-profit hospitals making millions and millions while NOT paying taxes and too often turning away poor patients.

    So- I can’t believe that overpaying for advil is any better than ripping off your wallet while in surgery.

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