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August 8, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Inflated costs of new hips in the U.S.

Hospitals with criminal chutzpah

As a grateful new owner of a titanium hip, I can say the artificially high costs imposed by manufacturers and middlemen are not the only reason for the outrageous expense of this medical miracle. [”New hip costs lots more in U.S., by design,” page one, Aug. 4.]

The criminal chutzpah of hospitals that vastly inflate their charges also plays a role. My hospital had no ethical reasoning behind trying to bill Medicare more than $100,000 for supplies and a spinal block. And what happens to Joe Schmo, who doesn’t have an insurance company to go to bat for him?

It’s a scandal, and I see no end in sight as long as health care and health insurance continue to be run for the obscene profits of their CEOs.

Are we Americans so psychotically afraid of “socialized medicine” that we will continue to pay for this lunacy?

Kate Elias, Seattle

Comments | More in Health care | Topics: cost, health care, hip

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