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Of course certain surgeries routinely require anesthesia. Many critical diagnostic procedures such as X-rays and CT scans are part of routine medical procedures. Why is it then, that these are billed separately as if you would willingly opt out of them, as if you can shop around for them separately? Why are these particular attendant services treated separately (and not others), like nursing services or the services of the primary doctor? The answers given have more to do with the arbitrary territorial boundaries that providers of these services have carved out for themselves over the years. But when a patient seeks a medical service for a chief complaint, these services are coordinated by a receiving hospital or provider, who then assembles these services with zero patient input. That receiving hospital or provider can (and should) also coordinate billing. Let’s say you are admitted for a routine medical procedure – and by “routine” I mean an uncomplicated procedure tha