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Obama should also tell them they can not charge exorbitant prices prime example : Chicago Tribune columnist Jon Yates' "They authorized back surgery but denied his $148,000 claim" clearly illustrative of the unexplored core of today's health crisis. For many services, the problem is not that excellent medical care costs too much, the problem is that pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, hospitals and some doctors charge way too much. As the president and CEO of a multispecialty physician practice that is similarly self-insured for medical costs, I have witnessed a nearly identical charge ($150,000 for back surgery) that was quickly negotiated down to $60,000, but should have been $30,000. However, when the supplier of the titanium plate and screws that are used in the surgery can charge more than $20,000 for what is probably worth $200, and the surgeon charges $100,000 for what is worth $14,000, and the hospital charges $30,000 for what should have been $16,000, the insurance company and, ultimately, the consumer is screwed.

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