A new Time magazine special report examines why healthcare costs are so high in this country, and the answer can be found in the hospital bill. While researching the “nauseating world of hospital billing,” Time reporters connected with one family, the Weinkaufs, to tell their story. Bob Weinkauf was having difficulty breathing and ending up needing a short hospital stay, he and his wife discovered they owed the hospital more than $474,000. After receiving generalized billing statements, the Weinkaufs asked for specifics, and the information they received was surprising.

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