Gonzales said that he doesn’t understand why his particular bill was so high, and he shared his statement because he was trying to show the "unfairness" of the U.S. health care system. For example, his CT scan, which lasted a few minutes, cost $7,000 alone. He added that he felt the bill reflected what it was like to live in the U.S. without health care.
“I wasn’t looking for pity or anything,” he said. “I was just looking to enlighten, to inform people of the situation.”
Sutter Health told CBS Sacramento in a statement that the hospital receives "less than the actual cost of providing services from the majority of our patients while daily serving scores of other patients who have no ability to pay anything. Sutter Health agrees that an improved billing structure is needed.”