Hold the phone: another part of my hospital bill for sinus surgery has just arrived. As you recall, my previous bill (which I posted here) was $32,094.84, not including the anesthesiologists’s fee and the dozen or so pre- and post-operative visits, including two expensive MRIs. That would have brought the total to well over $40,000. But the charges keep on coming: here’s another portion—for God knows what—that came yesterday. It adds another $6044 to the bite.
Again, I pay only about 5% of this, but, I swear, when this is all over the total bill for my sinus surgery will be in the vicinity of fifty thousand dollars. And that’s what an uninsured American would have to pay.
On a lighter note, we once discussed the disparity of pricing between men’s and women’s haircuts. I believe someone maintained that in a real barber shop (and not a salon or “unisex parlor”) there is no differential. Sadly, at least in Hyde Park, there is. Here’s a sign in the window of the local barbershop—a real barbershop.
Apparently, in this shop women’s haircuts include a shampoo and men’s do not. But if a man had both a crop and a shampoo, it would cost him $20. The same for a woman would be $4 more. If I were a woman, particularly one with short hair or a simple hairstyle, I’d be peeved.