Penny Payment Citation Symptom of Healthcare Billing Confusion
A man in Utah reportedly earned a disorderly conduct citation and $140 fine for dumping 2500 pennies on the counter as payment for a $25 clinic bill.
Anyone familiar with health care billing knows it is a convoluted, entangled mess, far removed from the relative sense of order present in most areas of commerce.
My guess upon hearing of this incident is that the gentleman was frustrated over this charge and undoubtedly has spent a lot of time over the phone dealing with (probably) unhelpful people in trying to resolve the matter. Next time he might have better luck if he pays with pennies that are either wrapped or placed in some type of container.
- You: Utah man cited for disorderly conduct after paying disputed medical bill with $25 in pennies (washingtonpost.com)
- Man cited after paying bill with 2,500 pennies (msnbc.msn.com)