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Foam slippers’ $700 price tag adds insult to injury

Posted On: Mar. 14, 2019 1:20 PM CST

Pricey slippers

A pair of Manolo Blahnik high heels may command a $700 price tag, but a pair of foam slippers? Not so fast, said the Santa Clara County, California, District Attorney’s Office when it alleged that an emergency medical clinic in Los Gatos, California, charged insurers outrageous fees for services and care-related items.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the attorney’s office claims that Los Gatos Urgent Care Clinic hiked up its prices, billing one insurer for nearly $500 for a drug test and treatment of a “non-existent urinary tract infection,” requesting from another payment for diagnostic tests that patients said they never received, and demanding $700 for a pair of $10 foam slippers provided to a patient who suffered an injury after stepping on a sea urchin.

An audit of the clinic’s billing practices revealed a 100% error rate, according to the attorney’s office, which began investigating the clinic after receiving numerous customer complaints.

The owners of the clinic, Ali Moayed and Dr. Farzaneh Tabrizi, could be required to pay back thousands if convicted, according to the Chronicle.