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Old 22-08-2010, 10:42 PM   #7
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you do realise that when the CCS told them to stop using the guideline, average prices went down by 2.6 percent??
Once the major chains start charging higher due to "higher cost", the smaller ones will follow.

medical inflation may mean an increase on prices of meds and equipment. but if all items that is chargeable to me is listed, the patient can understand where the charges are and if compared with another place is found to be much higher an complaint can be raised.
patients see the charges only when making payment. Plus, how do we know if the doctor's assertion that some test/procedure is necessary are really so???

that is where the competition lies. if the doctors who can link up with more clinics and order drugs in bigger batches amounting to a higher discount they can either charge at lower prices or collectively jack up to gain higher profit.
That is the ideal situation. But the bigger chains do not charge a lower price. The smaller clinics do.

thing is with the non-guideline there might be other clinic networks out there that will charge lower.
The guideline do not prevent other clinics to charge lower.

if the guideline is still around and says 6 dollars for a swab then all clinics will use 6 dollars. I do not think at any point in time was the guideline meant to reduce prices but to provide so called "uniform" pricing instead.
Are you sure? There were differences in pricing even then. Just that patients during those times knows what is the expected fair price for a test/procedure if they bother to check. Now? Patients have no way of knowing if they are overcharged...
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