Doctors Explain Why U.S. Healthcare Is So Expensive (HBO)

VICE News visited a bunch of doctors in an attempt to make sense of our convoluted health care costs. What do the doctors say is needed to improve overall cost …


  1. Excuses.. the rest of us Modern countries have free healthcare.
    What you Americans pay for basic healthcare is what we get for free, even if we have private health insurance it doesn't cost anything as much as you.. Your healthcare is a fckng joke.. America is run by insurance companies its a disgrace.

  2. It's sad that we can inject billions of dollars yearly into the military for operations being executed thousands of miles away across the Atlantic and in countries like Iraq , Afghanistan and Syria that pose no real danger or threat to us , send Israel billions of dollars in aid every year ….. But still can't provide basic health coverage to all American citizens. This isn't a wealth issue , the money is there , this is a matter of priorities. If we re-direct some of our finances going into the military and fueling war machines like Israel back to help our own people , believe me when I say you will see a more thriving society.

  3. Doctors are supposed to be these super smart people who've went to college for a decade, yet they are stupid enough to let the insurance companies control them. Why cant they not set up their own practice and not accept insurance, do honest work, charge an honest rate and everyone wins. Its not rocket science, you have a building which you rent for almost nothing(comparative to the cost of a degree, or the profit youll be making each month), a receptionist who again cost almost nothing comparatively speaking, and a nurse. Am I missing something here?

  4. Could it be the reason medical bills in the USA are so darn expensive is that Americans are subsidizing the healthcare of illegal immigrants? I mean, every time a pregnant illegal alien shows up at the ER in a hospital in America, without any papers, or money, you can bet your a** the hospital isn't doing it for free. So that leaves American citizens who DO have insurance to pick up the tab, in the form of higher premiums. And don't forget now that the baby is born, he is an automatic US citizen, and therefore will get full Medicaid (free medical) for Life. because Mama Illegal sure ain't payin'. There's 20 million in America that are illegal aliens. I'll leave that to you to do the Math.

  5. How do these doctors go from โ€œmanaged healthcare is badโ€ to โ€œwe want single payer?โ€ They need to go back before residency, back before med school, back before podiatry school, back before college, maybe back to their country of origin (if applicable), and learn basic logic. You canโ€™t say that managed care is bad, then turn right back around and say that you want more managed care. You need to find more doctors to interview, because I think you cherry-picked your sample. And not all doctors are members of the AMA-it is a top-heavy, antiquated, socialist organization, so if you interview AMA members, you will not be interviewing an unbiased group. I think you have predicted your research outcome by bad study design. And folks watching this video should consider whether you had an agenda to begin with.

  6. Lol!!!!! Except a check up visit like that only takes around 10 to 15 minutes. Or atleast thar my experience. So they can take in 4 to 6 people paying 100.00 each. Well if you do the real math. Thwn youll see the doctors are doing just fine. Go look at there homes, cars, ect… there are not hurting finacially. Hospitals, doctors offices, and drug companies along with the insurance companies are taking advantage of a service we all need. Government is just being lobbied to act in favor of these crooks and not the american people. Obama care was just another bullshit law to boost profits for everyone but the ones that need it. Middle class america can not be forced to pay a higher cost when theyre already taxed to the breaking point. No law can enacted for the american people that doesnt apply to government. Read the 28th amendment.

  7. Moynihan it is paperwork. Wish you had mentioned the AMA played a HUGE role in where we are today, the mess we have. Goes farther back than i am old, and not the driving force behind cost but important to remember.

  8. Three contributors:
    1. Insurance companies assume too much risk and this costs too much.
    2. When a party does not see the true costs of a service, it is overused and prices rise.
    3. Insurance CONTROLS costs, but only THEIR costs. They charge us more and keep the difference for themselves like any good business. However, remove them and the patient costs go down as doctors compete. See "direct care" models. They work.

  9. So why over in Europe if you aren't a citizen and have no insurance, the doctor costs $25-50, Er $70, prescription$5, xray $25 (all +/-)? Is that because their not having to pay for so much administration staff? And because our government allows pharmasuticals to price gouge? Seems like it would be cheaper for round trip ticket, hotel, food and care over there than what we pay in insurance and/or care here. For even less and shittier care to boot. My son stopped making insulin at 12, now at 18, he could die within a few days without it, everyday I worry about him affording insurance and or expensive insulin, I've seen so many stories where people have lost their sons and daughters because they were cutting insulin for affordability. That doesn't sound like a developed country to me. Disgusting…

  10. GREED. THATS ALL IT IS. GREED. GREED. GREED. insurance companies prey on peoples fears and screwing over people. I have never had health insurance and would rather die then to sit there and pay for the rest of my life.

  11. I understand pre existing conditions however there should be an incentive to eat well and exercise regularly. I'm not paying the same as lazy fat fucks who exclusively eat fast food and hate moving.

  12. ROFL!. Vice do us all a favor. Instead of interview clearly progessive left wing physicians, one of which is a Yale PCP who probably sees 5 patients a day and makes a boat load off of "academic" incentives. Why don't you go take a look at what a single payer system currently in the US. It's called the VA. I have worked in it as a physician (as a resident) and can tell right now you're not going to like what you see.

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