Healthcare Price Shopping – VTDigger

When I read the recent statement from the VP of Client Relations at BlueCross BlueShield in Vermont, in which patients suggested price buying, the comments I saw are “absurd” and “stunning”.

Healthcare costs, the stranglehold of insurance companies and big pharma are all contributing to a broken healthcare system in Vermont and across the country.

My 74 year old brother lives in a small town in England. He has serious cancer but is not ignored by the National Health Service, he is regularly called in for appointments, scans, biopsies and surgeries that are free of charge above the nominal prescription amounts (about the equivalent of $2.25 each) .

People argue, “but look at UK taxes.” Yes, but they get something very important in exchange for their tax payments!

I also know a young woman who brought her husband to the UK for a procedure that was not available in the US at the time. She paid the full price for the life-saving procedure, plus travel expenses and lodging while he recovered near the hospital. I have traveled all over the world (mostly by sailboat) and found medical and dental care in most places as good or better than in the US. that’s just plain wrong.

At least Vermont should do better!

Sally Jenks Roth

Bristol

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