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Hospital appears to charge $153,000 to treat snakebite

This snake's bite could cost you!
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This snake's bite could cost you!

A man bitten by a rattlesnake this month says he received a hospital bill totaling $153,000 for one visit, according to as the Washington Post's Wonkblog, and KGTV San Diego.

About $83,000 alone went to pharmacy costs for the medicine used to treat the bite, which is available from only one provider in the United States: UK-based BTG.

Wonkblog's Christopher Ingraham reported that hospitals sometimes use eye-popping invoices in order to strengthen their negotiating position with insurance companies.

KGTV's Dan Haggerty tweeted a photo of the bill he received from the patient:

Read the full article in the Washington Post