I am not a conspiracy theorist, but the following charges really got me thinking.
This is the bill for just two initial chemotherapy treatments (out of a year of treatment). That’s a lot of money, especially for the drugs, a lot of money.
What is the profit being made here? Who knows, we can’t even tell what the real price is, the fair price. Over half the total bill was written off because of existence of insurance. However, even at that we are looking at over $70,000.
Here is a real life example of just how dysfunctional our health care system is. If this bill was presented to Medicare or Medicaid, the allowed charges would be even less. Why isn’t every payer charged the same?