Jul 10, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
The bizarre thing about this, is that Obamacare advocates think the legislation will improve choices and pricing.
Surgery Center of Oklahoma does accept private insurance, but the center does not accept Medicaid or Medicare.
Dr. Smith said federal Medicare regulation would not allow for their online price menu.
They have avoided government regulation and control in that area by choosing not to accept Medicaid or Medicare payments.
Several medical facilities in Oklahoma are posting their prices online through The Kempton Group’s website, in order to circumvent that Medicare guideline. [...]
However prices may be dropping because of the transparency at Surgery Center of Oklahoma.
As patients are demanding price-matching, some hospitals relent.
“Hospitals are having to match our prices because patients are printing their prices and holding that in one hand and holding a ticket to Oklahoma City in the other hand and asking that hospital to step up,” Dr. Smith said. “So we’re actually causing a deflationary effect on pricing all over the United States.”