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A remedy for medical bill ills
Los Angeles Times

There are loony medical bills, and then there’s the bill Robert Hsu was hit with after undergoing heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in January.

Hsu, 84, of Thousand Oaks had an aortic valve replaced on his ticker. He spent four nights in the hospital.

The bill: $266,567.46.

But is that how much his insurer, Medicare, was billed? No. As I recently reported, hospitals routinely inflate their charges — often by huge margins — so they can still make money after contractual discounts are imposed by insurers.