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Medical bills need reconstructive surgery
Los Angeles Times

Susan Kovinsky underwent outpatient surgery recently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The procedure, a hysterectomy, began at 10:40 a.m. By 3 p.m., she was on her way home.

The hospital bill: $65,514.97.

“When I saw that number, I was sure it couldn’t be right,” Kovinsky, 44, of North Hollywood told me. “How could just a few hours in the hospital cost that much?”

Yet this is a story of the healthcare system working as it’s intended to. Cedars-Sinai did its job. Kovinsky’s insurer, Blue Shield of California, did its job. Kovinsky has no complaints about either.