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Letter: Why is the actual cost of medical service so inaccessible?

Letter: Why is the actual cost of medical service so inaccessible?

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Regarding the editorial “A health care system that actually makes people sicker” (Nov. 27): I recently had bloodwork done at a Labcorp testing facility. A few weeks later, I received my bill. Charges: $132. Insurance adjustments: -$110.10. My responsibility: $21.89.

How did the price of this procedure go from $132 to $21.90? How much did it actually cost Labcorp to provide this service? If, as I suspect, the actual cost is somewhere between $132 and $21.90, what poor soul is overpaying for this same service in order to subsidize mine?

Kimberly Wallis • St. Louis

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