An $83 sling and no simple answers
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.