Doctors Explain Why U.S. Healthcare Is So Expensive (HBO)

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Mitch McConnell unveiled new
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modifications to the GOP healthcare bill
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today in his latest attempt to sway 50
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Republican senators to get behind
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repealing and replacing Obamacare the
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new bill adds 45 billion dollars to help
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state deal with the opioid crisis a nod
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to previous holdouts Rob Portman of Ohio
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and Shelley Moore Capito of West
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Virginia it also allows bare-bones plans
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to be sold to the Obamacare exchanges a
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pet policy of Senator Ted Cruz I think
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we’re making serious progress towards
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coming together and unifying our
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conference and getting a bill that can
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command the support of at least 50
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senators and pass into law this version
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of the bill also has a provision giving
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members of Congress and their staffs a
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wider array of benefits than other
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Americans who actually purchased their
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own coverage McConnell says the Senate
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will vote next week one group that’s
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been consistently opposed to Obamacare
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repeal of any kind is the American
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Medical Association the country’s
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largest organization of doctors Michael
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Moynihan went to see some specialists to
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find out what’s going on with the future
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of government health care and and so I’m
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like legitimately nervous I think I have
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cancer I always think I have cancer you
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know it’s a major problem with American
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healthcare its paper look are you
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kidding me ten internal pages Z o H C
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dry any glasses I want to check mine
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option flatulent let’s talk about
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Obamacare we will sure yeah
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Geron let me just take a look here
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a typical insurance on an initial visit
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like this which takes me one out pays
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about $100 or $95 the cost of that out
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for me to just keep the office open and
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operating is about $300 so when
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insurance is actually paying for it
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they’re not paying you enough 50 me a
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lot less than the visit is worth so
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that’s why you don’t take commercial
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check right because I couldn’t afford to
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do it this is going to be your glasses
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are you kidding me you’re talking I’m
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sorry I do any glasses so far yes a
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little bit yeah if I’m self paying with
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you how much because it’s a really good
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question I don’t know I think it’s three
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hundred and fifty dollars but um the
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front desk actually knows that better
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than I do so I am NOT going to have odd
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for you not to know I don’t want
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anything about my care to be influenced
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in any way by what kind of insurance you
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have or should have let me looking
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straight ahead for me I don’t like this
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part over yeah I know no one likes and
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everyone just met me through it it’s not
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very honestly in terms of the impact the
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ACA specifically has on the practice it
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has increased the level of
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administration that we need to do in
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order to get for the day so we used to
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be about 10% administration and 90%
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clinical and we’re now like 40 percent
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administration and 60 percent clinicals
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there is the insurance company that’s
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trying to tout as little as possible
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even though the patient is paying them
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so there’s just a huge layer
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administration on top of the actual
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medicine so I think that we’re spending
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a whole lot of money in ministering a
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system that actually doesn’t work very
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well
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there’s a deep horn in here oh it’s all
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good I’m sorry if there’s any discomfort
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but I think it’s more fear than
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discomfort yeah in the sort of realm of
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health care and the mess and the morass
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of health care how do you see that
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affecting your breath
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it affects it every day how so after the
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Affordable Care Act people got insurance
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that had not had insurance we spend more
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per patient than any other
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industrialized country and our care
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isn’t as good
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why is American health care such an
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outlier in that sense what I see is that
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there is a tremendous amount of greed on
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the part of the insurance companies why
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is that insurance companies managed care
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instead of a doctor getting two hundred
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and fifty dollars easily they get $12
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$40 $60 no mr. Moynahan doctor and most
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people think uncomfortable like the
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first time they come not really real
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Elizabeth snaps it on it’s like okay
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I’ll take it easy you support the APA
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but it’s made your life more difficult
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in a lot of ways I think a lot of us
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support it because of the altruistic
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aspect of them to provide coverage to as
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many people as possible than having them
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go to the emergency room for care on
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I’ll take you for a hernia okay okay
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okay okay so little pressure okay don’t
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don’t tighten up don’t know but you’re
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pushing my ball I know I know I know so
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you can sit up for me not tell me what
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you think if the Republicans Regiment
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one so there is no way I felt like I
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could pal it you know what it is and
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that’s really taking away a lot of the
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coverage over time
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I would not want Obamacare as my
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insurance and as a physician I don’t
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want Obamacare as my insurance nor do I
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want even what’s in the Congress now I
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would max even worse is it in your
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vested interest and have a single pair
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yes we are a wealthy country and we
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should have universal health care I
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think I’m leaning towards universal
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health care I think it’s the obvious
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appropriate solution for the country I
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think those are disagree with you in
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Congress well yes so I was able to put
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them into Congress Iseman yeah well you
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know it’s not a small group thank you
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doctor it was lovely meeting you I
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appreciate it thank you for taking the
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blade to my foot I feel I feel better I
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don’t know if I do
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you

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