There’s a fair bit of discussion going on here: https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/3dngld/this_is_the_cost_of_a_rattlesnake_bite_in_america/
This sort of outrageous and extortionate pricing up and down the line could never happen if there was no “medical insurance” because absolutely nobody could pay that amount of money — or anything close to it.
In other words you would see the price of such treatment collapse by some 90% or more if there was no “health insurance” precisely because that which nobody can pay won’t be paid, and thus won’t be charged.
It is only through the imposition of such an “insurance” system that such a bill could ever be generated.
This is not an accident; it is an intentional act by everyone involved.
Further, if there was any enforcement whatsoever of 15 USC (collectively the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman acts) any health provider who submitted such a “bill” to someone would be immediately brought under indictment as I am willing to bet my last nickel that such, along with other bills including those to the government for similar or identical goods would be at a lower price.
Robinson-Patman makes illegal price discrimination among like kind and quantity purchasers. Since the consumer of the commodity in question (rattlesnake antivenom) is the person who got bit (irrespective of how he or she pays) that appears facially to be a violation of said federal law.
The Sherman and Clayton Acts make any organized act to restrain trade or fix prices a federal felony carrying both criminal and (very large) civil penalties. By design the “health insurance” system fixes prices when on a statistical basis nobody could possibly pay the asking price without said “insurance.”
WAKE THE FUCK UP AMERICA, STOP WORKING AND REFUSE TO LABOR ONE MORE HOUR UNTIL EVERY ONE OF THE BASTARDS INVOLVED IN THIS NONSENSE GOES TO PRISON AND THE ENTIRE LOAD OF CRAP IS PERMANENTLY DISMANTLED.