CNN and Time Magazine discovered how charges mounted for one family. Nurses pricked the patient’s finger for a glucose test 190 times. At $39 a pop that totaled $7,410. A breathing ventilator generated 32 separate bills, totaling $65,600. There were separate charges for the IV tube and for asking for a urine bottle.
A box of tissues is a “mucus recovery system.” A teddy bear is a “cough suppression device” and can cost between $128 and $200.
Remember those little white cups fast food restaurants give you for free to put ketchup in? In fact there are restaurants giving them away for free in the lobby areas of many hospitals. In the hospital room, however, these are billed as “oral administration fees” and for one patient they totaled $5,000.
After this patient’s insurance ran out, he was billed off the charge master (list price). In fact, only the uninsured are ever charged list price. Medicare would have paid only a small fraction of those amounts.
Here’s the big shocker for CNN: There is nothing in ObamaCare that will change any of this.