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Why does U.S. pay so much for basic medicine?
Sacramento Bee

Trying to find out how much a hospital stay or any medical procedure costs requires “an advanced university degree in Dante’s Circles of Hell,” wrote Joe Livernois in an April 7 piece in The Bee’s Forum section.

He was trying to compare the cost of his father’s nine-day hospital stay in Mexico – including all the lab work, drugs, anesthesia and specialists – with an equivalent stay in California. In Mexico, the cost was $6,375. Here, the cost was nigh impossible to pin down, but after considerable tracking, Livernois estimated it would be about $125,000.