A teacher in New Jersey was just a bit baffled when he was slapped with a $9,000 hospital bill after the cut on his finger was bandaged in the ER.
Mr. Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski reported that he had cut his finger with the sharp end of a hammer while at home. He decided to go to Bayonne Medical Center, where it was determined that he had suffered such a minor injury that it required neither an x-ray nor stitches. So Hanusz-Rajkowski left with a bandaged middle finger. NBC New York said he was surprised to get this in the mail:
> $8,200 for the emergency room visit.
> $180 for a tetanus shot
> $242 for sterile dressing
> $8 for a squirt of antibacterial ointment
The remainder was paid to the nurse practitioner.
That $9,000 bill left Hanusz-Rajkowski speechless. From NBC:
“I got a Band-Aid and a tetanus shot. How could it be $9,000? This is crazy,” Hanusz-Rajkowski said.
America. What a country.
Here’s another peek at the case:
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