Man gets hammered with $9,000 bill for a Band-Aid and a tetanus shot

Hospital BillIf Obamacare was supposed to reduce America’s cost for healthcare, the word failed to reach New Jersey’s Bayonne Medical Center. A man hurt his finger with the claw end of a hammer, visited the emergency room, and received a whopping $9,000 bill from this for-profit hospital.

“This is crazy,” griped schoolteacher Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski. His invoice included $8,200 to walk into the ER, $180 for the shot, $242 for the bandage, $8 for the ointment and hundreds more for the nurse practitioner.

Hospital CEO Dr. Mark Spektor had no problem with the outrageous fee.

“These sticker-price charges only apply to insurance companies, to a minority of patients, where their insurance companies have refused to negotiate fair-contracted prices with us,” he told New York’s NBC4 News.

However, Rajkowski’s insurance carrier, United Healthcare, offered a far different explanation.

“United Healthcare is deeply concerned about hospitals establishing an out-of-pocket strategy to hike the rate they charge for emergency room services,” spokeswoman Mary McElrath Jones said.

Several other large healthcare carriers have failed to reach agreements with Care Point-owned Bayonne, which Medicare Data shows charges the highest prices in the nation for dozens of in-hospital procedures, according to NBC News4.

Linda Schwimmer of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute told the station the right price for the teacher’s treatment should have been $400 to $1,000.

As 2015 premium notices make their way through the mail come October in Year 2 of Obamacare, more and more Americans will find out that they have been hammered too.

Watch the NBC4 video here via YouTube.

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Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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