Re "Congress jockeys over cuts" (Page A1, Feb. 26): Reductions in Medicare and other federal government payments to hospitals is a quite substantial set of spending cuts that could emerge from efforts to avert sequestration.
My personal experience confirms outrageous hospital charges for aspirin tablets and boxes of tissues (my insurance company's representative flat out told me they didn't care) as well as the ordering of unnecessary MRIs by an emergency room doctor.
The governments of most nations use their clout to negotiate for discounts with medical providers. Our government has enacted legislation prohibiting it from doing so! Fix that.
-- David Kantz, Coloma