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For $83, a sling and no simple answers

The cloth sling James Dichter was fitted with cost his insurer $83; it can be bought online for $7. The cloth sling James Dichter was fitted with cost his insurer $83; it can be bought online for $7. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)
By Liz Kowalczyk
Globe Staff / August 27, 2012
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James Dichter awoke from elbow surgery last May and was sent home with a simple navy-blue cloth sling. When the bill for that sling arrived a month later, Dichter’s jaw dropped. Surgi-Care, a medical equipment supplier, charged his insurer $83 for the item. His share was $25. Dichter, a 59-year-0ld consultant with an MBA from UC Berkeley, suspected something was wrong with that price. He searched online and found a similar basic sling for $7.

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