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The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill

Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times – June 2, 2013

Merrick, N.Y. – Deirdre Yapalater’s recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home here on Long Island went smoothly; she was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a gastroenterologist, assisted by an anesthesiologist and a nurse, performed the routine cancer screening procedure in less than an hour. The test, which found nothing worrisome, racked up what is likely her most expensive medical bill of the year: $6,385.

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