This is an interesting article that was shared on FB and Twitter (by MannyH...) this AM. It mentions that MD Anderson, officially a nonprofit unit of UT, raked in profits of $530M on revenue of $2.05B. Perhaps refreshingly, the article doesn't mention diabetes however it has an informative case study of a patient with cancer that seems to have been pretty much a shakedown, "we won't see you without cash or credit card info up front..." due to a peculiar insurance situation. Everybody, myself included, looks at insurance companies as a large problem but this article suggests that medical providers are equally or perhaps more responsible for the general health care mess.
Does anyone have any interesting solutions? I am thinking that price controls, perhaps a schedule for service fees, would the be the way to go. Insurers generally pay less than the providers charge but considerably more than the "cost-based" pricing of Medicare. If everyone would negotiate pleasantly, a great deal of cost of negotiating and managing these fees, which provices little benefit to consumers or providers, mostly engendering risk managers and analysts and attorneys.
Sorry for the link to the article, as I know some people prefer to have the text of the article in the conversation but, since we are all avid health care consumers, I figured perhaps we might have an interesting conversation about these issues in the US, perhaps informed by folks with experience of other systems as well.