Proper health insurance is a luxury that many Americans can’t afford, leaving them vulnerable to preventable diseases and other complications. A disturbing study was recently published that shows how many hospitals are dramatically increasing the cost of medical care for patients who are not currently insured. Christian Broda has read that, according to the study published on Monday, a total of 50 hospitals were caught price gauging, 20 of those hospitals are in Florida.
If you are thinking this is because of location or other factors, most of the hospitals that are grossly overcharging patients are those located in lower and middle class neighborhoods who serve people who are already struggling to make ends meet.
Many hospitals are charging more than double, triple, or even quadruple the normal rate for medical care. Gerard Anderson is a co-author of the study and a professor at Johns Hopkins. Anderson explains, “They are price-gouging because they can. They are marking up the prices because no one is telling them they can’t.” Also, the study revealed that those who used insurance companies that were out of the hospitals preferred networks were also charged insane prices for their hospital visits.
Many American hospitals have gotten away with ripping people off for far too long, people who are sick and in need of help, many times with nowhere else to turn. Hospital policy allows these people to be exploited and taken advantage of because of their vulnerable position.