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March 18, 2013

CUMMINS: Our nation should see a doctor


Essentially, the non-profit profits stem from what’s called the “chargemaster.” Brill couldn’t locate the chargemaster, but, apparently he’s hiding somewhere jacking up a Niacin tablet to $24 whereas a drug store sells them for a nickel. Where do the profits go? To the hospital administrators, pharmaceutical companies and the medical equipment industry. Brill found that Montefiore Medical Center in New York paid its four top administrators over a combined $11 million last year. 

Paying for health care is like picking a Pope in that smoke is involved. White smoke indicates a brand  new one. Pay a medical bill and the black smoke steaming out your nose will eventually choke you. 


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