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The Doctor Will See Your Credit Score Now 464

mytrip writes to mention that the same people who invented credit scores are working to create a similar system for hospitals and other health care providers. "The project, dubbed "MedFICO" in some early press reports, will aid hospitals in assessing a patient's ability to pay their medical bills. But privacy advocates are worried that the notorious errors that have caused frequent criticism of the credit system will also cause trouble with any attempt to create a health-related risk score. They also fear that a low score might impact the quality of the health care that patients receive."
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The Doctor Will See Your Credit Score Now

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  • by nguy ( 1207026 ) on Saturday January 19, 2008 @02:00AM (#22105722)
    Receptionist: Do you have a Q4A5 planet insurance waiver?

    Xev: No.

    Receptionist: A D-class standard waiver?

    Xev: Sorry.

    Receptionist: Any waivers of any kind?

    Xev: No.

    Receptionist: Then cash will be fine.

    Xev: Pardon?

    Receptionist: Precious metals or bankable equivalents.

    Xev: We have no precious metals or bankable anything.

    Receptionist: Then your situation becomes a class 1313.

    Xev: What's that?

    Receptionist: Ignored.

    Xev: You can't do that.

    Receptionist: I'm afraid I have no choice. Policy is policy.

    Kai: We will pay you later.

    Receptionist: I'm sorry, MEDSAT does not accept credit.

    Xev: This is an emergency!

    Receptionist: I understand. Please inform the next person to appear on the screen.

    Xev: Hey, lady, watch! Lexx, blow up that little red moon we just passed.
  • tit for tat (Score:2, Funny)

    by Uzik2 ( 679490 ) on Saturday January 19, 2008 @02:14AM (#22105826)
    Let's put up a web site where you can post the hospital's medical score.
    We can see how many sponges got left in patients, etc. Just sounds fair to me.
  • by spirit of reason ( 989882 ) on Saturday January 19, 2008 @02:26AM (#22105912)
    I'd just like to point out that your examples of bad "socialist" governments have little relevance. The people in those examples have no power over who makes up the government. The US uses a relatively legit ballot to determine who takes office in many cases (for those with the greatest power), so it is fallacious to predict the US's performance with some socialist policies based on those examples.
  • Re:Hmm... (Score:2, Funny)

    by j79zlr ( 930600 ) on Saturday January 19, 2008 @03:16AM (#22106170) Homepage
    Actually its people like you that drive health care costs up, since you have no insurance, get it a car wreck and spend a couple of days in the hospital. You don't have the means to cover your costs, so now its passed on the me the lowly responsible middle class citizen. Thanks.
  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Saturday January 19, 2008 @03:38AM (#22106316) Journal
    It turns out the triumph of the value of money over human life in the United States is now complete.

    Medical One: "What's in your spleen?"

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