I figured the discussion about healthcare can get a little heated/political so this might be the best place for my post! Is there any mechanism to complain/challenge a hospital regarding cost of services? My wife went to our family Dr with a pain on the left side of her chest. Dr ordered an x-ray and some blood tests and she got a call a couple of hours later telling her she needed to get to the ER as quickly as possible because she might have a blood clot and she needs a CT scan. Just caught first sight of the bill today and it's north of $5000 all told. To my mind that is damn near predatory pricing, and I'm wondering if there's an legislation/mechanism to go to whoever regulates/licenses hospitals and complain!?!? If nothing else it is further proof that the idea that we should treat healthcare like any other good or service, whereby you can shop around for the best deal, is absolutely laughable as soon as your dealing with potentially life threatening conditions!