I've done some reporting into this subject in the past, and it's truly one of the great injustices of our day. Those too rich to qualify for federal health benefits but too poor to afford insurance get gouged by hospitals, who charge these working poor patients up to four times what the would charge Medicare or an insurance company. An uninsured patient in Detroit, for example, would get charged $15,000 for a $5,000 appendectomy, for example.
Read the whole thing. It's outrageous: