Where do these ridiculous prices come from?
I'm 64 and disabled. I've had two major surgeries to my back and hip performed by the VA in the past two years, and am very satisfied with the care, other than purchases of medical “supplies” I have made. My questions are nonideological; why do medical items cost so much, beyond any normal rationale? Why do I pay $64 for 6 $.10 breathing machine filters? Why does a $4 plastic sitzbath cost $24? Why does an $8 donut cushion cost $35? Why does a pair of slipper socks issued in the hospital show up at $17 on the invoice?