Ethical Practices In Healthcare: Price Fiquation In The Healthcare

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Price Fixing is an illegal practice to when a heath care provider will charge an artificially high price for a health care service, or when a group of health care providers will set a standard price for a procedure so there is no competition. “Physician practice The illegal practice by a group of health care providers of establishing a standard price for procedures, thus creating a monopoly on a particular market segment.” "price fixing." We see this in the United States quite often, we have one of the highest medical cost in the world. Granted we also do have very good health care and several advancements that most of the world do not have. I will write about how the healthcare in this country has Price Fixing. Price fixing causes a shift …show more content…
This is someone who is dying of cancer and the drugs cost tens of thousands of dollars to allow someone to live. While these big companies are make millions of dollars from the death of a person. Every person should have the same opportunity as the next but it is what you do with that opportunity. I have seen several family members and friends who have died of cancer and I believe that we can find the cure but large pharmaceutical companies do not want us to find it because that is lost income for them. There was a court case to where a pharmaceutical company was giving an origination discounts on product but not to the retail pharmacy. To which the general public will buy their medications from. “They are accusing 22 drug manufacturers of illegally conspiring to fix prices by offering discounts to health maintenance organizations and others but not to retail pharmacies.” “Freudenheim, …show more content…
The large issue is that insurance companies create price fixing because they create agreements with the health care intuit. Most health care providers will have a settled price for which they are willing to pay for a service, this group of doctors in Minnesota are trying to keep this from happening. “Under a proposed settlement order, the Minnesota Rural Health Cooperative, or MRHC, will be prohibited from using coercion in its negotiations with health insurers.” This quote is taken from a government website speaking about their case, they are trying to keep insurance companies from forcing you to go to a specific place of practice because they already have an agreement. When most of us think of healthcare we have insurance so this causes a problem also because the doctor’s office is negating a price with the company and then they sometime negotiate a price with us to what we will pay out of pocket. We see this more in the Dental and Orthodontics field than medical. “The FTC complaint also alleges that the MRHC used coercive tactics during negotiations. In particular, the complaint alleges that the MRHC threatened to terminate contracts with health insurance plans in order to pressure them into increasing payments for physician and hospital services.” Large groups of doctors will say that

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