A $1,700 emergency room charge “is consistent with the charges assessed by other hospitals in our area,” a Good Samaritan Hospital spokeswoman says. (Tetra ImagesGetty Images/Brand X)
David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2015
- Hospital patients face a tough challenge in getting a straight answer to the question, ‘Why so much?’
- At $20 a pill, hospital imposed a markup of more than 14,000%, a healthy profit margin by anyone’s reckoning
- Hospital charges $1,700 for a routine blood-pressure test, a pill and the use of a bed for 90 minutes
A single dose of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam — the generic version of Ativan — will run you about 14 cents at Safeway or Target.
At Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, the same pill goes for nearly $2,000.
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