WellRithms reviewed Calver’s bill in detail at the request of Kaiser Health News and determined that a reasonable reimbursement would have been $26,985. That’s less than half what Aetna paid.
Healthcare Bluebook, which offers cost estimates for medical tests and treatments, arrived at a similar conclusion. It said a fair price for a hospitalization in Austin involving four heart stents would be about $36,800. St. David’s Medical Center charged four times that amount.
Hospitals should not be allowed to rob patients while they are fighting for their lives. Just like insurance companies should not be allowed to charge copay 7 times what a drug costs. That these kinds of highway robberies are still allowed today is sickening.