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Subject:  Re: Single Payer Series Date:  1/14/2020  5:51 AM
Author:  intercst Number:  575619 of 592399

WaPo had an article today that seemed to explain why surgeons wear masks.

The health-care industry is letting surgeons behave like muggers

Then we met the surgeon as I was being prepared to be taken into the operating room. He explained that if he didn’t operate right away, I might get sepsis and die. He also said he didn’t take my insurance but assured us I was in capable hands, as he was very experienced. After asking about our occupations, he announced his fee for my laparoscopic appendectomy would be $15,000. We were stunned by the timing and the amount. Was this supposed to be a negotiation?

Fortunately, my insurance covered all other related hospital costs — the ER doctors and tests, the operating room, medications, the anesthesiologist’s fee — but that still left us with the $17,000 charge from the surgeon. That’s more than seven times the out-of-network, uninsured rate for the hospital’s locale, according to FAIRHealth Consumer.


Very interesting. Out-of-network billing based on the patient's occupation. What will the ethically challenged doctor or hospital administrator think of next? <LOL>

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