$83,000 charge for scorpion sting

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    Ouch! Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill

    A hospital that billed a woman $83,046 for a visit that included administering two doses of scorpion antivenom said Wednesday that it plans to adjust the woman's bill and review its price for the specialty medication.

    Marcie Edmonds provided a copy of her bill to The Arizona Republic last week that showed Chandler Regional Medical Center charged her $39,652 per dose of Anascorp, a scorpion antivenom approved by the Food and Drug Administration last summer. She received two doses to treat her symptoms during a three-hour stay in June after a bark scorpion sting.

    The Arizona Republic reported last year about the pricey markup Arizona hospitals were charging for the antivenom made in Mexico. Pharmacies in Mexico charge about $100 per dose.
    After the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug last year, Tennessee-based Rare Disease Therapeutics sold the drug to a distributor for $3,500 per dose. The distributor charged hospitals about $3,780 per dose.
     
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    she had 2 shots at 40k a shot....the er doctor told her about the anti venom but not the cost....

    she might have preferred a more conservative treatment if she had been informed
     
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    She should have gone to Mexico and gotten the same shot for $100
     
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    I thought a different article mentioned that this hospital is "out of network" w/re to her insurance coverage. First phone call s/have been to ins co notifying them of her urgent need for treatment. It may have resulted in them picking up more of the tab.
     
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    I was once charged $830.46 for a shot of erthomyacin for a brown recluse bite...

    ... mebbe dey put the decimal inna wrong place.
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