Rs 50,000 (USD 1,133) Bill To Clip Toe-Nail


A lawsuit spawned by a $1,133 (Rs 50,000) bill to clip a toenail and run some tests at a hospital has been certified as a class action. The ruling this week in King County Superior Court could raise the stakes by millions of dollars in a consumer protection case brought by Lori Mill against Virginia Mason Medical Center. Virginia Mason officials say the downtown operation is authorised by Medicare to charge higher fees because it is licensed as a hospital, and they maintain that such charges are a standard industry practice. Mill’s lawyer, John Phillips, has obtained internal e-mail showing Virginia Mason doctors and staff have complained about the charges, court filings show.

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