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How did hospital bills get so complicated?
How did hospital bills get so complicated?

As recently as 1969, delivering a baby in Morristown, N.J., could cost parents as little as $235.65 — a flat, all-inclusive rate for a three-day hospital stay and doctors' fees. I know this because that was the price on the receipt from my birth at Morristown Memorial Hospital. My father recently found it in a pile of old papers. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: Hospital bills: A Healthcare Watch column about hospital bills on the Business page of the March 23 Section A said Chris Duke was the director of the Altrium Institute's Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care. The organization is called the Altarum Institute. — ------------ The minimal charge for the...

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