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Hospital ‘Trauma Centers’ Charge Enormous Fees to Treat Minor Injuries and Send People Home

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Yves here. Is it just me, or is Kaiser Health News spending a lot more time covering medical industry scams? Given the relentless upward march of health care costs, one has to assume that a rise in MBA-designed monstrosities like trauma center price-gouging is what’s driving greater media attention. Unfortunately, the perps are so shameless that mere press exposes likely won’t do much by themselves, at least until they force legislators to crack down. By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News Senior Correspondent, who wrote previously for The Baltimore Sun, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and the Daily Press of Newport News. Originally published at Kaiser Health News The care was ordinary. A hospital in Modesto, California, treated a 30-year-old man for shoulder and back pain after a car accident.

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Yves here. Is it just me, or is Kaiser Health News spending a lot more time covering medical industry scams? Given the relentless upward march of health care costs, one has to assume that a rise in MBA-designed monstrosities like trauma center price-gouging is what’s driving greater media attention. Unfortunately, the perps are so shameless that mere press exposes likely won’t do much by themselves, at least until they force legislators to crack down.

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News Senior Correspondent, who wrote previously for The Baltimore Sun, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and the Daily Press of Newport News. Originally published at Kaiser Health News

The care was ordinary. A hospital in Modesto, California, treated a 30-year-old man for shoulder and back pain after a car accident. He went home in less than three hours.

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