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The High Cost Of Stupidity
The exorbitant costs of a tooth ache in the Emergency Department of a hospital.
The local newspaper reports a complaint by a 60-year-old lady of waiting one hour for a bus to take her to the hospital to investigate a toothache. Since hospitals don’t have dentists on duty at night and probably not in the day time either, what are the alternatives? Should her medical insurance pay the average of $600 to $1500 for the emergency visit for tooth ache? If she didn’t take the usual household pain medications which normally blunt a tooth pain, shouldn’t she have to pay for the ER visit? What is the solution to this sort of unnecessary health care cost for stupidity?
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