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Cost of Alteplase

I had a stroke in March 2013 in the US, and was given an injection of TPA (Alteplase), the 'clot-buster'. Within seconds I recovered the use of my right arm and leg, which had been paralysed.

I had a travel insurance policy (I was visiting from the UK) but I suspect they won't pay out. My total bill was $35,000, but a major item was the TPA injection, which was billed at $13,283, for 2 x 50mg phials (they actually used 70mg).

While I am deeply grateful to the developers of the TPA and the hospital staff who administered it, I do not want to pay more than I have to. Is the bill normal or inflated?
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That's what they charge. What "is, is".  That being said you can often negotiate with a hospital to reduce a bill.
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