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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:28

A New Jersey teacher said he was charged nearly $9,000 after he showed a cut middle finger to a hospital emergency room aide.

Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski said he went to the Bayonne Medical Center last August after he cut his finger with a hammer and thought he needed stitches. He didn't. Instead he was sent home after he got a tetanus shot from a nurse practitioner who also sterilized the cut, applied some antibacterial ointment to it, and put a bandage on it.

Then he got the bill: $8,200 for the emergency room visit, $180 for the shot, $242 for the bandage and $8 for the ointment, plus hundreds of dollars for the nurse practitioner.

"I got a Band-Aid and a tetanus shot. How could it be $9,000? This is crazy," Hanusz-Rajkowski told NBC 4 New York Wednesday.

The hospital's CEO Mark Spektor told the station Hanusz-Rajkowski's visit cost so much because his insurance carrier United Healthcare refuses to offer fair reimbursement rates.

But UnitedHealthcare responded by saying the hospital was just trying to gouge its members.

Linda Schwimmer of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute said the right price for getting a finger bandaged should be $400 to $1,000.

She told NBC that New Jersey needs a public database showing the average price for medical procedures.

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:37

Linda Schwimmer of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute said the right price for getting a finger bandaged should be $400 to $1,000.
 

Now this is the scary part...     $400-1000 for getting a finger bandaged?!



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:39

Linda Schwimmer of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute said the right price for getting a finger bandaged should be $400 to $1,000.

 

What a bunch of BS! If there was no such thing as medical insurance, there is no way they'd get away with charging this much, let alone the $9,000 charge. Why? Cause no one but the rich could afford to pay for anything medical related.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:40

Wow. I'm glad I live in the UK. Although the NHS is slowly becoming privatised as well.

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:41

A New Jersey teacher said he was charged nearly $9,000 after he showed a cut middle finger to a hospital emergency room aide.

After that bill, I'd probably be showing that middle finger to a bunch of other people at the hospital too.

That's just nuts.

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:42

I'll bandage your finger for $399, or give you a wiki or ebook on how to do it for $299.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:46

Yay obamacare. keep it up!



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:48

I'll bandage your finger for $399, or give you a wiki or ebook on how to do it for $299.

i'll do the same offer for $398,100 cent's and $298.100 cent not a penny less though :devil:



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:48

I'd do it for twenty dollars,

 

and spit on it to disinfect first....



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:51

This is why I do self-surgery. :laugh:



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:53

I'd do it for twenty dollars,

 

and spit on it to disinfect first....

a real medical malpracticer would urinate on it  first :no:

 

you SIR!! are a fraud :crazy: 



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:53

The real question is... why would you go to an emergency room with a cut on your finger in the first place. Hardly an emergency condition. Go and see your MD instead.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:54

The healthcare system in this country, like many other things in it, is such a freakin' joke. Not only was this man charged $9000 for something so small, but an insurance carrier's response was that should have been $400 to $1000...which is STILL stupidly high. Ugh, this country...



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:54

I've got a box of bandaids here. No charge, i'm that generous. :p



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:55

The real question is... why would you go to an emergency room with a cut on your finger in the first place. Hardly an emergency condition. Go and see your MD instead.

Probably have to wait days for an appointment. :/