Woman receives $12k bill after 2-hour ER visit for bee sting

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A woman in Florida received a $12,000 bill after she went to a hospital ED for a bee sting in 2015, according to CNN Money.

After being stung by a bee in her yard in Valrico, Fla., Sylvia Rosas decided to go to the ED because she had experienced allergic reactions in the past, according to the report.

While at the hospital, she was seen by numerous physicians, who ordered an EKG and thousands of dollars in blood tests. Her hospital visit lasted less than two hours.

Because the hospital was not in Ms. Rosas' insurance network, she was responsible for the entire $12,000 bill, according to the report.

"Never did I think I'd have this type of a bill," Ms. Rosas told CNN Money. "I was there for such a short time."

Ms. Rosas' experience highlights a national trend. Spending on ED visits rose 31 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to CNN Money, which cited a study by the Health Care Cost Institute.

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