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Side Effects Include Confusion and Insomnia

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It is likely that by now many of you have read your way through Steven Brill's tome in Time Magazine, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. This 36-page article is apparently the longest article ever published by a single author by Time.

Brill quotes Johns Hopkins health economist Gerard Anderson - "All the prices are too damn high." He highlights the nefarious chargemaster (a hospital's listing of charges), which may give an indication of medical costs, but is far from what the hospital is actually reimbursed by federal or private insurers. Perhaps this statement