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Inquirer Letters Extra: Bills worthy of Excedrin ache

Our country is collapsing under the weight of health costs, but hospitals and doctors issue hilariously inflated charges that almost no one actually pays ("What hospitals bill, what Medicare pays," May 9).

Charges are legally required to be reasonable. Hospitals and other providers fail this test constantly.

The courts and legislatures need to step up and step in - because, clearly, the hospitals left to their own devices will keep doing things like charging $1.29 per Tylenol tablet.

Mark Squires, Philadelphia

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