“The news: New Jersey man Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski recently found out the hard way that the cost of American medicine is totally out of control. Two days after slicing his finger open on the claw end of a hammer, Hanusz-Rajkowski sought medical attention at Bayonne Medical Center’s emergency room when the cut didn’t seem to be healing.
After a brisk visit in which Hanusz-Rajkowski did not see a doctor and did not receive stitches, he got a bill in the mail for $9,000. Essentially, Bayonne charged him months’ worth of pay for some gauze and a tetanus shot.
Here’s the breakdown:
– $8,200 for visiting the E.R.
– $180 for a tetanus shot
– $242 for “sterile supplies” (presumably, the bandage)
– $8 for antibacterial ointment
– Hundreds more for a few moments of the nurse practitioner’s time.
This is all after insurance…”