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Even if you have health insurance, you may want to pay cash
Los Angeles Times

Five blood tests were performed in March at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The hospital charged the patient’s insurer, Blue Shield of California, $408. The patient was responsible for paying $269.42.

If that were all there was to this — which it’s not — you’d be justified in shaking your head and wondering how it could cost more than $80 apiece for blood tests. These weren’t exotic procedures. The tests were for fairly common things such as levels of vitamins D and B12 in the blood. It‘s what happened next, though, that this makes this story particularly interesting.