Check on the article below relating to the elusive costs of medical care:
We have experienced this first-hand.
When we go to a doctor or to a hospital, we have no idea what it is going to cost. We can ask ahead of time, but we have never once been given an answer. Because nobody knows! We are simply expected to pay the bill, whatever it adds up to, when it arrives.
Or, more accurately, the bills (plural), as every procedure or visit seems to have multiple parts to it. The doctor. The facility. The machine. The supplies used. The person who reads the test. The person who typed up the test results. The dye used in the test.
It goes on and on. People should not be expected to sign a blank check when they see a doctor and act on his or her recommendations.