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Old 08-14-2019, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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Actually Kaiser Health is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente at all
Sure. And Kaiser Hawaii is not affiliated with Kaiser Northern California. I know because they told me I had to apply as a new patient when I moved to Hawaii. Funny thing, I still had to mail my premiums to California.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:00 PM
 
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Sure. And Kaiser Hawaii is not affiliated with Kaiser Northern California. I know because they told me I had to apply as a new patient when I moved to Hawaii. Funny thing, I still had to mail my premiums to California.
Not a good analogy...Kaiser Hawaii is the same Kaiser, just run on a different model
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:03 PM
 
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Not a good analogy...Kaiser Hawaii is the same Kaiser, just run on a different model
Just did a quick google...Kaiser Hawaii is Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Health is not

I worked for them for 20 years
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas & San Diego
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We have had good results with Kaiser - they have been fine and we have used more than basic checkups.
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Old Today, 04:12 AM
 
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The thing that struck me in that article was the cost of the metal knee joint. It is about $3000 in Mexico and $8000 in the US. I had heard that there is a huge markup in artificial joints because of monopolistic practices in which hospitals sign agreements with the US company that makes them to not allow any other joint to be used by the surgeons. Otherwise the patient could mail order a knee joint from Mexico and have the surgeon put that one in, and save $5k.

This is another example of how our system is really broken. Too many backroom deals being struck with no transparency to the consumer or ability to comparison shop.
Now you know why and understand the medical device tax passed as part of ACA was so widely despised.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...ion/995325001/
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Old Today, 08:30 AM
 
Location: SLC
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Just for perspective, the tax is 2.3% and the US markup is 167%. But, it's convenient to bash the ACA when the problems are elsewhere.
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