After the cut turned out to be more benign, a nurse practitioner merely sterilized the cut, applied antibacterial ointment and a bandage on it, and gave Hanusz-Rajkowski a tetanus shot before sending him home.
The cost? $8,200 for the emergency room visit, $180 for the shot, $242 for the bandage and $8 for the ointment, plus hundreds of dollars for the nurse practitioner.
"I got a Band-Aid and a tetanus shot," Hanusz-Rajkowski exclaimed. "How could it be $9,000? This is crazy."