Eric Cooks, 33, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was recently charged $30,877 for ACL reconstruction surgery. Thankfully, Cooks has insurance, but he was still shocked by the cost. “The healthcare system needs reform and I am not sure if the Affordable Care Act will be enough; these prices are crippling,” he said. “People are avoiding going to the doctor even with insurance leading to potentially more expensive chronic conditions. Overall, access to quality preventative care and specialists is still lacking for those without insurance.”
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