This is insane! I was billed $1406.00 for five stitches and 30 minutes in the Emergency Department at Manchester Memorial Hospital. That is $2800/hour or $281.20/suture. Connecticare says I only have to pay half-$703.00. This is going to require a letter writing campaign. I’ll be contacting some folks at www.echn.org, the parent organization of the hospital, to learn a bit more about this. Of course, I’m happy for the care and grateful that the cut wasn’t worse, but I recall that Rambo stitched his own for a lot less!

2 Responses to “$1406.00”

  1. 1 Wayne 19 April 2008 at 9:21 am

    Scott…now I feel like I got off lucky when I crashed in EH last summer! I had to pay $0 out of pocket (Oxford Health plans) and the “bill” was only $800! (5 stitches, 45 minutes, UConn Health Center)

  2. 2 waghormley 26 April 2008 at 12:36 pm

    UNBELIEVABLE! $1406 is a crazy number — way out of touch with the actual cost of the service — which should be $50 for admin, $100 for the “room charge” + $100 for “labor” and maybe $25 for supplies = $ 275 AT MOST!

    We are living in an insane time — where passing along costs is considered OK, and noone is taking time to resist gouging.

    I was told at my annual physical that I should have an MRI to see how my gall bladder was doing — I had an acute pain there in 1989! I asked how much the MRI would cost, and the physician said he didn’t know — probably “only a couple of thousand dollars!” I declined the offer for the MRI, and asked the physician to NOT prescribe MRI’s to anyone — especially in that he might be viewed as perptrating unneeded diagnostics.

    This health care thing is officially OUT OF CONTROL, eh?

    Bill G.

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