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Cutting healthcare costs shouldn't be this painful

Cutting healthcare costs shouldn't be this painful

When my son was circumcised, Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” was playing on a radio at the hospital. The pediatrician glanced over at me and said, “Some day, he’ll hear that song and won’t know why it makes him uncomfortable.”

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I recalled this experience while speaking the other day with Matt Williamson about his own son’s quiet storm of foreskin loss. The issue wasn’t the procedure, which I know some people question. The issue was the cost.

Williamson, 43, wanted to know why Kaiser Permanente’s South Bay medical center apparently charged him more than $3,000 when a nearby private clinic charges as...

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