Free Care in Massachusetts: A Boondoggle?
As a Massachusetts taxpayer, I resent this. The Boston Globe reports that several Boston-area hospitals have wildly overcharged the state on charges for caring for indigent patients.
Two among several examples cited:
[Cambridge Health Alliance] charged the pool $6,469 for 100 tablets of the anticholesterol drug Lipitor, for which it should have charged $224. In total, overcharges for Lipitor amounted to $1 million.
Boston Medical Center dramatically marked up charges for CT scans: $2,677 for a specific type of scan compared to $272 to $436 that Medicare or a private HMO would pay.
Hmph. It almost sounds like these folks borrowed some procurement "experts" from the Pentagon. You'd think the Mitt Romney administration, which ran on a campaign of fiscal responsibility, would pay more attention.
Now, keep in mind, these are only allegations--note the question mark in my headline. But they're serious allegations, and I hope the Riley probe is thorough and fast.