In a previous post I talked about a trip my younger Frenchling and I made to the Emergency room here in Versailles. I compared it to a trip to Emergency I made in Seattle when I was on vacation. The latter was 10 times the price of the former and so I said:
"I have a very hard time understanding how two private hospitals in two developed countries could have such radically different pricing models."
Shadow Raider shot back with a great link that answers my indirect question. The site is called The True Cost of Healthcare and the blog author is David Belk, an American doctor. He looked into it and what he found just blew my mind. The system is completely distorted - the bills bear no relation to reality and that's on purpose.
I really recommend the site. His full report is here but you can also go to the main page and watch his short videos on such things as the true cost of prescription medication, malpractice insurance, hospital stays, office visits and diagnostic tests. Here's one to whet your appetite. Watch it and weep for Americans who have to live with this system.