The first time Jeff Shellan got a cardiac stress test for his troubled heart, the retail price was $2,166. His insurance company agreed to a discounted price of $885, of which Shellan paid $364. When his doctor suggested a retest a year later, the charge was $8,078, the discounted rate was $3,755, and Shellan's share was $968.
Facility fees inflate hospital prices for common services
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