New York Times correspondent Elisabeth Rosenthal is spending a year investigating why American medical bills are so much higher than in other developed countries.
"In Belgium, he paid $13,660 for everything. That included his new hip implant, the surgeon’s fees, the hospital fees, a week in rehab and a round-trip plane ticket from the U.S., soup to nuts.
"Now, if he had done that surgery in the U.S, it would’ve been billed at somewhere between $100,000 and $130,000 at a private hospital. … So there’s a huge difference.