Douglas Miller: Meaningful charges

January 20, 2014 

Regarding the Jan. 12 news article “ After loss of key doctors, WakeMed seeks to stabilize”: I take issue with the quote: “Hospital officials have countered that their charges are meaningless because hospitals collect negotiated insurance rates or Medicare rates, not raw charges.” Tell that to someone who doesn’t have insurance or has a plan with a high deductible/co-pay.

I recently had a medical emergency and for a three-hour visit to the ER was charged $9,000. With a $2,000 deductible and a 20 percent co-pay, how can a $3,400 charge be “meaningless”?

Douglas Miller

Raleigh

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