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Fri., March 29, 2013, 5:02 p.m.

KCres: $340 Per Stitch? Really?!

KCres: A couple of months ago my 18 yr old cut his finger (well, one of them) while cutting some kindling. My wife freaked out and insisted he have it looked at in case he needed stitches. At that time of the evening, at least at the time we told her what had happened, the only place open that we were aware of was KMC. He was told that he did indeed need stitches, and got all 2 of them there and then. Fast forward to today and his bill arrives. 2 stitches, $681. $340 per stitch. Apparently this extraordinary number is generated by charging $287 for the doctor (which in itself is high), $13 for the supplies, and $525 for just walking through the door. This is then reduced because we have insurance, although the insurance does not actually pay out anything because his deductible hasn't been met yet. World class medical treatment or just top of the range rip-off? (SR file photo of local nurse removing stitches from patient's head)

Question: When were you last shocked by a medical bill?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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