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Mar 28, 2016 2:26 PM

Dover couple attacked by rabid raccoon wonders why treatment costs $52,000

DOVER - After a Dover couple and their two dogs were attacked by a 40-pound rabid raccoon in January, their medical bills for rabies treatment totaled over $52,000.

Cynthia and Christopher Thompson were treated at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, when they were bitten by the rabid racoon on Jan. 19 near their home on Dovetail Lane.

The Thompsons received a series of rabies vaccinations, where rabies treatment is given in two phases.

According to, medical bills for the treatments from the hospital totaling $52,057 shocked the Thompsons, even though their insurance covered all but $4,800 out-of-pocket costs to them.

The hospital has offered the Thompsons a 35 percent reduction of their out-of-pocket expenses, but they are not satisfied wondering why the treatment costed so much.

The hospital is doing a comprehensive review of all hospital pricing - not just of rabies vaccine, which is expected to be done sometime this summer.

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