This is what a patient received as a bill by the local hospital. It was shared with me and I do not know which region of the country it came from. It doesn’t matter because this is the kind of insanity going on healthcare. In my office these labs would cost my patients a total of about $70. You may say that for insured patients it is much less because it would be negotiated down. My answer would be why? Why do we have to play these games? And who negotiates for the self-pay or high-deductible patient?
It’s time for transparency and the free market to bring down the cost of healthcare. Or do you any better ideas?