I was reading this article in the New York Times today —
After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know
— and I started thinking about how much greed is too much.
At some point, greed becomes not just an obstacle to containing medical costs, it becomes a threat to the entire social order.
Things like this make me thing we might have reached, or passed, that point:
Patricia Kaufman’s bills after a recent back operation at a Long Island hospital were rife with such charges, said her husband, Alan, who spent days sorting them out. Two plastic surgeons billed more than $250,000 to sew up the incision, a task done by a resident during previous operations for Ms. Kaufman’s chronic neurological condition.
Have our consciences become unshockable?
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