Focusing on treatment variations by hospital is, at best, misguided and at worst, a complete distraction from the real issue. We are a capitalist society and every provider should be free to price its own services.
The real issue is there’s no transparency in hospital pricing; nothing that a consumer could use to make an intelligent choice. With no transparency, there’s no choice — something that also goes contrary to what a capitalist society should be.
I see two parallel solutions: From a government side, a clear law that forces hospitals to show their prices — the real ones — not the ones inflated to be later reduced. From a private enterprise side, there should be more storefront clinics to treat non-emergency situations. Going to a clinic to take care of minor ailments and paying a couple of hundred bucks is definitely a positive development.
Marcelo Salup, Coral Gables