A $41,212 Surgery Bill Compounded A Patient’s Appendicitis Pain

Joshua Bates, a technical recruiter for a staffing firm, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, was "balance billed" by an out-of-network hospital after an emergency appendectomy.

A young man averted disaster after a friend took him to the nearest hospital just before his appendix burst. But more than a year later, he’s still facing a huge bill for his out-of-network surgery.

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