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By Eric Frederick, NC Local Newsletter Editor
I think we all try to be just a little bit smarter, just a little bit better, at the end of each day than we were when it began. And we do that by learning.
Much of that happens in human interaction, but in our case, a lot also comes from the shared work and wisdom of North Carolina’s vibrant news and information community, along with a nationwide network of supporters, advocates, thought leaders and change agents. Some of it is practical — the stuff that helps us live our lives better, make smarter decisions. Some of it is more motivational — the stuff that helps us think and act for the greater good.
It can be a profound exercise to actually take stock of it all. So, today I learned:
“In many cases, doctors and even practice managers don’t know the prices their offices’ charge” for a medical procedure.
That’s because there are so many variables, and the process isn’t very transparent. And the process is why one man got a bill for nearly $10,000 after getting a $1,500 quote for a colonoscopy. Michelle Crouch, for The Charlotte Ledger, offers one of the best overviews I’ve seen of how medical pricing works, and some great tips for navigating it.