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Old Today, 12:19 AM
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So you're ability to live or die should be based on your income?

Nice Mad Max world going on there! No thanks!



It's called natural selection and it works wonders.
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Old Today, 08:00 AM
 
Location: North Las Vegas, NV
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Sorry but the base of our health care system is free enterprise. There of course is some government regulation ass there will always be in free enterprise systems.

I note that in your opinion it is not free enterprise but that is simply your opinion and has no basis in fact.

And actually the insurance companies control more of the health care system than the government.


Lasik is a procedure generally left outside of the insurance company reach as voluntary. And it is a marketplace that has proven to be quite competitive.

However try and get a good buy on a high end hearing aid...another slice not covered by insurance. And quite clearly highway robbery. So being outside the insurance system does not guarantee competitive pricing.
I just experienced the reality of hearing aid costs. The audiologist told me a baseline hearing aid as well as the one she recommended were 2100.00 and actually they go up to 7k.

Insurance does not cover this cost at all. Luckily my hearing is still viable to the point that I do not absolutely need them at this time.
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Old Today, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Lone Mountain for good
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I'd say it's quite the opposite. Insurance companies would LOVE to deny you coverage when you drink, smoke, etc. They'll love ANY reason to deny you coverage. Remember the whole pre-existing conditions thing? They don't even want to cover you once you've gotten a disease even if it was through no fault of your own.

The govt is already going to pay for any non-insured emergency room stays due to the Emergency Medical Treatment Act.
The govt makes insurance companies cover pre existing conditions because it's not the govt providing the coverage. If they become the one and only payor they will stop at nothing to keep down what would be easily the most expensive cost in our national budget, dwarfing our military budget. And if you trust the govt to put your needs before costs you are naive.

The ability to choose your health care needs is the only way to assure quality. What you described above, how insurance companies would and want to eliminate would be exactly the attitude of the govt once they are the payor.

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Old Today, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Lancaster, CA / Henderson, NV
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If (and that is a very big IF) you were a member of the Military (and there are many Vets in LV so not quite as big of an if as in many other places) and you need hearing aids, The V.A. will give you some, virtually no questions asked.

Just thought I would throw that out there in case any of you complaining about the cost of hearing aids are Vets. Hearing aids are the only time I have used my V.A. Benefits.

Also, the cost of hearing aids is coming way down for those that do not have access to freebies from the V.A. Check out ihearmedical.com and you can order their "do it yourself" hearing test and purchase a pair of hearing aids from them, if needed, for under $1000.
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Old Today, 12:40 PM
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Location: Las Vegas
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I just experienced the reality of hearing aid costs. The audiologist told me a baseline hearing aid as well as the one she recommended were 2100.00 and actually they go up to 7k.

Insurance does not cover this cost at all. Luckily my hearing is still viable to the point that I do not absolutely need them at this time.



There's plenty of cheaper alternatives. Don't let the racket get you.


https://www.hearingdirect.com/us/hd-...iABEgKO7fD_BwE
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Old Today, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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I just experienced the reality of hearing aid costs. The audiologist told me a baseline hearing aid as well as the one she recommended were 2100.00 and actually they go up to 7k.

Insurance does not cover this cost at all. Luckily my hearing is still viable to the point that I do not absolutely need them at this time.
Check out Costco's hearing aids.
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Old Today, 04:28 PM
 
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Check out Costco's hearing aids.
That is the suggestion of my primary care physician. She particularly liked the Costco on Charleston at 215. Said they were competent and more cost effective than most audiologists.
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Old Today, 06:52 PM
 
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I just experienced the reality of hearing aid costs. The audiologist told me a baseline hearing aid as well as the one she recommended were 2100.00 and actually they go up to 7k.

Insurance does not cover this cost at all. Luckily my hearing is still viable to the point that I do not absolutely need them at this time.
My last hearing aids were over 5k. Insurance paid $2.5k.

You've got the wrong insurance.
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