WATCH: Insurance Company Aetna Sues Out-Of-Network Surgeons For Price Gouging Their Patients By 2,500%
Bloomberg reports that health insurer Aetna is now suing seven ‘out-of-network’ California surgery centers, for over-billing them by as much as 2,500% for standard medical procedures. A few examples of the excessive charges include:
$66,000 to treat a bunion (normally costs $3,600),
$56,980 for a ‘bedside consultation,’
$99,750 to get earwax removed,
$119,671 for lower back disc-surgery (normally $6,000)
This serves as a perfect example of how the U.S. ‘for-profit’ healthcare industry price gouges, not only at the payer level, but also at the provider level.