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August 02, 2021


My guess is the Salem Hospital's charges are the healthcare equivalent of "suggested retail price" of a car - An amount that proposes a starting point for negotiations to begin...and no question your insurance provider has negotiated a steep discount (likewise other insurance groups the hospital recognizes for payment). The individual consumer has no means of examining these private business arrangements so like you said Brian, we are out of the loop, and even if individuals cared more about who pays what, we have no practical means of "shopping around".

Another weird bill. We are renovating a duplex, turned the water completely off at the meter but for two months I recieved a bill from city of Salem for $82.00. didn't use a drip of water. . . Is $82.00 the suggested retail price of no-water in Salem now. Going dry sure costs alot. . .

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