A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. The bill was $18,000 | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. The bill was $18,000

On the first morning of Jang Yeo Im's vacation to San Francisco in 2016, her 8-month-old son, Park Jeong Whan, fell off the bed in the family's hotel room and hit his head.

There was no blood, but the baby was inconsolable. Jang and her husband worried he might have an injury they couldn't see, so they called 911, and an ambulance took the family tourists from South Korea to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

The doctors at the hospital quickly determined that baby Jeong Whan was fine just a little bruising on his nose and forehead. He took a short nap in his mother's arms, drank some infant formula and was discharged a few hours later with a clean bill of health. The family continued their vacation, and the incident was quickly forgotten.

Two years later, the bill finally arrived at their home: They owed the hospital $18,836 for a visit lasting three hours and 22 minutes, the bulk of which was for a mysterious fee for $15,666 labeled "trauma activation," also known as "a trauma response fee."

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