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Doctors out of control

24 Mar 2011 by Jim Fickett.

There are multiple reasons for problems with health care in this country. In at least some cases, truly astonishing greed is the problem. Bloomberg reports:

Aetna Inc. (AET) is suing six New Jersey doctors over medical bills it calls “unconscionable” …

The most detailed complaint is against Benyamin Hannallah, a cardiologist at Jersey City Medical Center. Hannallah charged $59,490 for a heart ultrasound in April 2010 and was paid $47,592, the suit says. Aetna reimburses in-network doctors $74 for the procedure at Jersey City hospitals, Michener said.

Hannallah billed Aetna $56,980 last July for a consultation with a patient who wasn’t critically ill, a hospital visit that typically takes 25 minutes, according to the suit. The insurer refused coverage, and said Hannallah had asked for $220 for this type of consultation in 2007. …

Aetna said it paid Hannallah a total of $3.2 million in 2008 and 2009, up from $529,503 in the prior two-year period.