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Spendy Scorpion Sting

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a scorpion, and after seeing a story about an Arizona woman who is dealing with the aftermath of her encounter with one, I’m pretty sure I don’t ever want to be bitten by a scorpion, either.

The story was carried by the Associated Press, and given the way things are going, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by the predicament faced by Marcie Edmonds.

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PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona woman is wondering what hurt more: getting stung by a scorpion or seeing her hospital bill after treatment.

Marcie Edmonds says the bill from Chandler Regional Medical Center was more than $83,000. That includes two doses of anti-venom at nearly $40,000 per dose.

The Arizona Republic says Edmonds’ insurer has paid more than $57,000 and the suburban Phoenix hospital is asking Edmonds for the balance of about $25,000.

The 52-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills resident was stung in June while opening a box of air conditioner filters in her garage.

Edmonds says an emergency room doctor told her about the Mexican anti-venom Anascorp that could quickly relieve her symptoms, but she was never told about the cost.

Chandler Regional says Edmonds’ bill represents the out-of-network costs for her treatment.

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