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Why an ER visit can cost so much — even for those with health insurance

   March 14, 2019

You wouldn't believe what some emergency rooms charge, or maybe you would because you've gotten bills. For example, one hospital charged $76 for Bacitracin antibacterial ointment. One woman who fell and cut her ear and was given an ice pack but no other treatment was billed $5,751. My guest, Sarah Kliff, is a health policy journalist at who spent over a year investigating why ER bills are so high even with health insurance and why the charges vary so widely from one hospital to the next.

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