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US Hospitals: Abandon hope (of paying the bill) all ye who enter here.

  • healthcarecostA woman enters a Connecticut hospital with chest pains. She is examined and is released after four hours once it has been determined there is nothing wrong. The bill: $21,000.
  • A monthlong stay in a Dallas hospital for treatment of pneumonia cost more than $474,000, less than 20 percent of which was covered by insurance.
  • The chief executives of hospitals affiliated with universities make three times more than the presidents of their university systems.
  • Medical device makers, who are angry about the small tax imposed by Obamacare, are producing returns of 15 percent or more. So are drug companies that charge about a 50 percent premium to patients in the United States.

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By IAN HAMILTON

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