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Greater Baltimore Medical Center

I'm pleased to see The Sun revealing the charges by Maryland hospitals to patients. The differences are astounding. ("Costs vary for same treatment," May 9).

Recently, I spent three days and two nights at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center for an allergic reaction I had to an antibiotic given to me for a viral infection.

I couldn't believe the amount charged for such a short stay. My bill, $4,745, was astounding. Although Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield paid most of it, I still had to pay for some of the charges.

I'm suspicious of this astronomical amount for such a short stay and uncomplicated illness and have requested a detailed summary of all charges. Perhaps other patients should do the same.

David Boyd, White Hall

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