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Barnidge: Why an $11,596 emergency room visit costs only $1,100
Inside Bay Area

The 85-year-old Orinda resident couldn’t believe the size of her bill from John Muir Health. For an emergency room visit that spanned three hours, charges on her statement came to $11,596.27. It wasn’t as if she had a lung transplant. She’d suffered severe stomach pains and overheating after exercising. She was examined, an X-ray was taken, tests were done, and then she was sent on her way.