Yes, you read that headline correctly. According to a Fox News report, a man went to the Bayonne Medical Center with a cut on his finger. Per the article, “…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.”
He bill was nearly $9,000. Sounds like the hospital “mugged” the patient.
The CEO of the hospital, Mark Spektor, gave an absolutely hilarious response when questioned about the charge, He said the patient’s “… visit cost so much because his insurance carrier United Healthcare refuses to offer fair reimbursement rates.” (Emphasis mine.)
The CEO’s comment is the ultimate non sequitur. So the hospital charged an outrageous fee to an innocent patient because…what?…Bayonne Medical Center doesn’t like United’s fees? How absurd.
I’ve written about cowboy doctors who are wasting hundreds of billions in healthcare dollars. There are cowboy hospitals too.
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Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting and co-founder of EdisonHealth. In December 2012, Tom was listed in Forbes.com as one of 13 unsung heroes changing healthcare forever. In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in healthcare in the US for his work on medical ethics. Prior to consulting, Tom spent a number of years working for large corporations: Walmart Stores, Burger King, and British Petroleum.