The Cost of Care

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How could a tablet that costs just pennies at the local pharmacy cost so much more on a hospital bill? The high priced pill has become a symbol of what some are calling hospital billing run amuck. And of the fact that uninsured patients face hospital charges that are sometimes two, three, even ten times more, than Medicare or the insurance companies pay for the same services. Now, some patients are suing their local hospitals alleging over-charging, abusive collection practices, and nothing less than greed and profiteering.


Richard Scruggs, plaintiffs’ lawyer

Christine Varney, lawyer representing American Hospital Association

Mrs. Jeannette Mixon, patient, plaintiff