Would you pay $8,775 for a band-aid?

Talk about adding insult to injury. A U.S. hospital has blood on its hands after charging a New Jersey teacher $8,775 to bandage a cut finger.

That’s the bill Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski got after he left the Bayonne Medical Center emergency room earlier this year with a tetanus shot and a bandage on his right digit finger.

No one has to tell Hanusz-Rajowksi or the likely collaborators – the hospitals and insurers that battle over rates or the lawmakers who throw their hands up in frustration — that the U.S. healthcare system is bleeding and in need of more than a stitch. While all shareholders are quick to point blame, they are just as slow to come up with a consensus to repair it.

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