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You sure know how to stir the pot. After reading your blog I thought, "Is this guy really that provider centric?" So, I reviewed your hospital's website and found some surprising statistics - well, not so surprising given your business model and the outcomes generally seen when providers are fiscally at-risk when they operate their own facilities and when they need to take quality and consumer-feedback into account to remain viable like other free-market efforts. You've been ahead of the curve (i.e. offering transparent pricing on your site since 2009 which is even vanguard today). Your hospital is also very quality focused (i.e. infection rates for 2009 and 2010 as low as .001% compared to the national average of 2.6 % per year). That being said, why not share your business model's successes rather than creating more consumer & provider chaos? Don't tell me that you believe that Reform 1.0 could possibly be the final solution? In America the 1.0 version is never the last. We need more minds supporting creative solutions instead of division. And yes, consumer expectations are an issue but didn't we create that beast in our drive to create the illusion that medicine can cure and that the pt experience should be exceptional? Enough already - join the team and provide positive insights rather than cynicism. I say - share your knowledge of consumer satisfaction as it relates to billing transparency! Now that's a topic that needs exposure!
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