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The Voice of Fred Dodson.
Well, more news and comments out lately about the cost of health insurance, or actually the premium trend being too high. Additionally, articles on the cost of healthcare and it being too high. So, let’s give this some quick thought: What’s the difference between “price” and how “cost” is often referred to?
For months now the national and local news has focused on the price of gas. $3.79 per gallon this week in my part of the San Francisco Bay area. At Costco it is $3.59 per gallon, if you are willing to wait in line. Of course there is a website that will tell you gas prices and map them by location. Need to price a new television? Go online and price shop. Interested in quality of the television? Check out Consumers Reports or another such source. Standing in the audio store? Pull out your iPhone, bring up the RedLaser application and scan the bar code. It will give you the price of that television in some other nearby stores.
The short answer…..”who knows yet”? I don’t. Having led provider groups, health plans, and hospitals over nearly 30 years in healthcare management, I would have hoped that I could have answered that question definitively by now. Apparently, to add to my education, about 6 months ago I encountered the system as a patient for a very serious tumor condition.