I think most of us think hospital administrators and doctors are three steps below God; clergy being second. Our generation, if possible, paid our bills on time.

My concern with the waning profits of hospitals is clerical oversights becoming more prevalent.

Case in point. Many years ago I paid hundreds of dollars going to the hospital in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. It put a hole in my bank account. My son asked me why I didn’t consult my insurance company to see if this was reasonable. I was at a loss for words.

Being smarter, I checked with my insurance company on three other occasions finding out I had been charged with mysterious amounts. After the investigations I was grateful but mystified why I had been charged, in one case thousands of dollars and the other two hundreds are taken care of thanks to due diligence.

So all of you who get bills from hospitals, check with your insurance company before you pay them, not just oldies!

George A. Ferguson, Sabattus

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