Regarding the patient lawsuit against a Tennessee hospital for inflated charges (Sept. 6, p. 32), in which an appeals court recently ruled for the patient, I accept the responsibility of educating patients about the complexities of healthcare delivery and financing. However, I am sick and tired of hearing about $5 aspirin and the picture the media has portrayed of a wasteful healthcare system.
When is the last time a customer complained about $3 popcorn or $2.75 soda pop at the movie theater, let alone a successful lawsuit centered on "reasonable charges"? Prices are not set by simply marking up the raw product alone.
I'll bet if the judge in this ridiculous lawsuit had ever been in a hospital with chest pains and a nurse had administered an aspirin that helped save his or her life, the outcome of this case might have been different. It's not just the aspirin, dummy.
President, chief executive officer
Poplar Springs Hospital