4-hour ER stay at Texas City hospital racks up $20,211 bill

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by Chris Paschenko/ The Daily News

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Posted on January 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 9 at 7:13 PM

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A woman injured in a wreck by a wrong-way driver claims a hospital’s $20,211 fee is unreasonable for four hours of examination and diagnostic tests.

Melissa Torres filed a lawsuit against Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, claiming the hospital increased its bill fivefold and made a claim against her insurance settlement.

League City attorney Kelly Forester filed the lawsuit Dec. 30 in Galveston’s 56th District Court, claiming the bill exceeds a reasonable rate for services.

Messages left with the hospital seeking comment weren’t returned.

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