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Medical bills exceed amount quoted

December 22, 2016

Dear Consumer Ed:  I recently underwent outpatient surgery.  The doctor’s office told me that my out-of-pocket costs would be $525.  I paid the money and had the procedure.  A month later I received two bills: one for $150 for the anesthesiologist and one for $110 for the surgeon.  I don’t think I should have to pay these bills because I was told ahead of time that I only owed $525.  However, I am concerned that if I don’t pay these bills, it will hurt my credit rating.  What should I do?

How much more can gas stations charge for using credit card vs. cash?

December 13, 2016

Dear Consumer Ed:  I see a number of gas stations that offer a lower price if you use cash instead of a credit or debit card. At one station the cash price was $2.30 but the credit price was $3.20, although the only place that was displayed was on the pump itself. A 90 cent price differential seems out of bounds to me. Are there any limits as to how much more a station is allowed to charge for using a credit card vs. cash?  Also, are gas stations required to display the credit card price so that it is easily readable when you are driving by?

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