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  •  I remember hearing recently (2+ / 0-)
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    Rick Aucoin, caul

    about some guy who went to Belgium for a hip replacement.  He was told that here in the US the procedure and everything related to it would be about 130,000 dollars.  In Belgium, the whole thing, including the flight, was something like 13,000.

    He asked them to break down the costs for him.  Asked about how much the surgery cost, and I think they said it was like 10,000 or so.  Then he asked how much the operating room cost, and they were baffled.  After all, how can you have a surgery without an operating room?  Why would they charge for that?

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