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A minor emergency sends you to the nearest hospital, where you get an examination, including X-rays and an MRI. Fortunately, you have health insurance. But a few weeks later, you get get a bill from some corporation in another state that says you owe them several hundred dollars for X-rays. Or maybe you get a bill from another state for the ambulance that took you to the hospital.

Is there a term for this confusing situation, where services in a particular hospital may be billed to separate entities? I'll accept either a noun or a verb. For example...

He was shocked to discover that he had become another victim of ______ when he received a bill for his ambulance ride from Arizona.

She was dismayed to learn that she had been ________ed by what appeared to be a jigsaw medical service.

  • The term is "the sad state of American medicine". (I've seen it many times.) – Hot Licks Jun 13 '16 at 1:09
  • Yes, it is indeed sad, to put it politely. But I'm looking something more specific in this case. – David Blomstrom Jun 13 '16 at 1:14
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    Nickel and diming? – Dan Bron Jun 13 '16 at 1:20
  • Nickel and dimed certainly applies, but perhaps it's time to attach the word "spam" to this practice. "Oh no, I've been medispammed!" – torek Jun 13 '16 at 1:25
  • Disjointed, muddled, incohesive, irrational, inchoate, incoherent, grotesque, spasmodic, deranged, tangled. – Hot Licks Jun 13 '16 at 1:27
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In the first sentence undisclosed or concealed costs could work. In the second sentence duped,conned,taken, hoodwinked or taken?

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