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Arizona Hospital Charges Woman $83,000 To Treat Scorpion Sting

PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — An Arizona woman is wondering what hurt more: getting stung by a scorpion or seeing her hospital bill after treatment.

Marcie Edmonds says the bill from Chandler Regional Medical Center was more than $83,000. That includes two doses of anti-venom at nearly $40,000 per dose.

The Arizona Republic says Edmonds’ insurer has paid more than $57,000 and the suburban Phoenix hospital is asking Edmonds for the balance of about $25,000.

“Everyone I talk to says, ‘You’ve got to be kidding,'” Edmonds told the Republic.

The 52-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills resident was stung in June while opening a box of air conditioner filters in her garage.

Edmonds says an emergency room doctor told her about the Mexican anti-venom Anascorp that could quickly relieve her symptoms, but she was never told about the cost. The paper reports that the medication is sold for $100 per dose in Mexican pharmacies.

Chandler Regional says Edmonds’ bill represents the out-of-network costs for her treatment.

“We believe no one should delay seeking needed medical care because they lack insurance or have high medical costs,” the hospital told the Republic in a statement.

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