9 Ridiculous Medical Costs On Your Hospital Bill

    A medical bill

    What do hospitals charge their patients?

    Every year, the International Federation of Health Plans — a global insurance trade association that includes more than 100 insurers in 25 countries — releases survey data showing the prices that insurers are actually paying for different drugs, devices, and medical services in different countries. And every year, the data is shocking.

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    It pays to try to get to the bottom of your medical bills because they’re subject to more errors and overcharges than you might think. Here are some examples of ridiculous overcharges on a patient’s itemized bill (which you usually need to ask for—and review with a fine-toothed comb):

    1. Tylenol

    What’s it for: Pain relief

    Charge to patient: $15 per individual pill, for a total of $345 during average patient stay 

    Real-world cost: $10 for a 100-count bottle.

    2. Patient Belonging Bag

    What it’s for: It’s essentially like a grocery bag to hold your personal items

    Charge to patient: $8

    Real-world cost: $0.24

     3. Box of tissues

    What it’s for: Sometimes listed as “mucus recovery system,” we’re pretty sure you know what tissues are used for

    Charge to patient: $8

    Real-world cost: $2.50 for a 184-count box

    4. Gloves

    What’s it’s for: Anything from safely administering medicine to performing surgery

    Charge to patient: $53 per non-sterile pair (sterile are higher), for a total of $5,141 during average patient stay

     Real-world cost: $0.17 for a non-sterile pair/$0.69 for a sterile pair

    5. Cup medicine

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