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Liz Moreno thought she was done paying for her back surgery in 2015. But a $17,850 bill for a urine test showed up nine months later. Her father, Paul Davis, a retired doctor from Ohio, settled with the lab company for $5,000 in order to protect his daughter's credit history. Julia Robinson for KHN hide caption

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How A Urine Test After Back Surgery Triggered A $17,800 Bill

A few months after surgery for a painful spinal disk, a woman's doctor asked her for a sample of urine during a follow-up visit. The routine request turned into a financial nightmare.

Liz Moreno thought she was done paying for her back surgery in 2015. But a $17,850 bill for a urine test showed up nine months later. Her father, Paul Davis, a retired doctor from Ohio, settled with the lab company for $5,000 in order to protect his daughter's credit history. Julia Robinson for KHN hide caption

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How A Urine Test After Back Surgery Triggered A $17,850 Bill

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Director Ryan Coogler attends the Black Panther BFI preview screening on February 9, 2018 in London, England. Jeff Spicer/Getty Images hide caption

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Director Ryan Coogler Says 'Black Panther' Brought Him Closer To His Roots

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Cousins Cherie Johnson and James Ransom recorded their StoryCorps conversation in Sarasota, Fla. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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'Good Morning, Miss Devine': Cousins Remember Their Sunday School Teacher

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