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Our health care system is bad for Iowans

I recently received a review of my charges for a recent medical procedure. The listed cost was $2,100. It showed my Medicare authorized amount was $435.00. Medicare paid $138.00 and it showed I owe nothing. So I guess because I have Medicare, and a private insurance policy I can afford, I am OK. I just wonder what a person without Medicare or private insurance, because they can’t afford it, would be charged. My understanding is the service provider might negotiate a slightly lower amount than the $2,100. So I guess if you can’t afford insurance, you will be will be charged an exorbitant amount of money. What kind of health care system is that?

Bob Holley

Cedar Rapids

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