One of the reasons the prices are so outrageous is because the Hospitals expect you to haggle with them on the price and push it down. They sent insurance companies these bills at such a high rate due to the fact insurance will always try to pay the least amount of money for anything, civilians in the U.S. for the most part are oblivious to the fact they can pay the bills themselves without using their insurance and at a very cheap rate if they haggle the price down. Why don't they know this? Because the hospitals expect you to already be in the know and because no other service in the U.S. really uses haggling over prices as a main procedure anymore. That's the reason a broken ankle can cost $10,000 to fix while eye surgery (Which has a more or less fixed price) can be done for $2000-3000.
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