Department of Health and Human Services

Medicare overcharged for equipment and services

I would like to see Medicare have a total review of the charges of Medicare Providers bill to the government for Equipment. $189.00/mo for a hospital bed is ridiculous; I could lease a car for that much! If such outrageous charges are paid for a bed, what about other equipment? Charges for dialysis equipment and services are equally outrageously over-priced. It would be interesting to do cost comparisons of these charges in the U.S. with other countries such as in the U.K., Canada, or Mexico. If the charges made to the U.S. government are as illogical as it seems, then we need to look at hiring a new price-negotiating team.

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