TABLE 1

Avoidable Charges (National Averages) Associated With Our Patient’s Hospital Encounter

ProcedureCharge (Range)
ABG$60–1072224
CTPA$1900–500025
PICU daily charge$7211–915026,27
Hypercoagulable workup: protein C, protein S, antithrombin III, PROT 20210A, factor V Leiden, and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase$187330 (data from 2001)
Hematology clinic follow-up (office visit, level 2, new patient)$15722