Lately, it has seemed like everyone I know has a story about an irrational hospital bill. Here’s one from my friend, Dave.
Dave’s wife cut her finger. It was a deep cut. They thought it might need stitches. They went to their local hospital, Providence. She didn’t need stitches, but she did need a little bit more than a band-aid. The hospital put a couple of dabs of a skin glue called Indermil. She also got a tetanus shot.
Later, Dave asked the hospital for an explanation of charges, pasted below. The tube of skin glue is listed for: $1,084.43.
I went online to see how much I could buy it for. Turns out I can buy a 12-pack of this stuff for $480.48, or $40.04 per tube. That’s a 2,600% markup. Link is here, screen shot below.
If I didn’t know better, I’d have dismissed this as simply a mistake. But examples like these abound. Suffice it to say, my friend is contesting the charges.
Dave’s wife’s hospital bill
Screen shot of skin glue price online