New York surgery patient received a $117,000 bill from a doctor he never met

September 21, 2014 6:21 PM

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Medicare and Medicaid have a long history of only paying small percentages of medical bills, so what do doctors do to make up for the lost fees? According to a shocking and thoroughly appalling New York Times expose, they use loopholes to essentially cheat patients and their insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Such was the experience of Peter Drier, a 37-year-old New York man who went into a herniated disk surgery knowing that the procedure was not going to be cheap, but also knowing that his chief surgeon would accept a negotiated fee that was much less than the billed amount. In the New York Times artic...

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