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After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn't Know

X-ray of skull . , Hong Kong , China . (Photo by: Universal Education/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
X-ray of skull . , Hong Kong , China . (Photo by: Universal Education/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee.

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