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How a $175 COVID-19 test led to $2,479 in charges

A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six figures to their insurance.

People wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at a testing site at Memorial Park Aquatic Facility in El Paso on July, 16, 2020.
A portion of the document given to Rachel de Cordova at SignatureCare highlighted by ProPublica describes fees for the “facility” and “observation” that could reach $100,000 each.

“I would have signed anything”

The bill for de Cordova’s son’s evaluation and $175 COVID-19 test came to $2,479 after fees added by SignatureCare.

Was the statement accurate?

“Testing should be free”

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