About a year ago we gave up on what we thought was a great article that would be helpful to lots of people. We wanted to get average costs for common medical procedures from the hospitals that most of us use in Berkeley Springs, Hagerstown, Winchester, Martinsburg and Cumberland. After months of trying, we threw in the towel. Just as well, because that towel would have probably cost $49.95 if it had come from a hospital.
This all came back to us as we listened to Governor Joe Manchin outline his wish list to a roomful of legislators and newspaper people in Charleston last week. The last couple times we've heard the governor speak, he stressed his desire to be able to simply understand a hospital bill. Apparently he's asked hospital executives why patients can't be given a complete, decipherable bill when they leave a medical center. Like the rest of us, he gets a mumbo-jumbo answer.