Agreed, that bill is a wish. I would go to the hospital admin and offer to pay what an HMO would give them and not a penny more... About $2500. Stop by their office every other day, and at 4:45pm on Fridays and the day before a holiday weekend... Till they let you pay what you want.
Healthcare in the US is ridiculous because people are covering the costs for uninsured, indigent illegals, terminal patient care, etc. There are a few cases where I think a hositpal should be able turn away a patient... One is a motorcycle accident (FYI, I love motorcycles and scooters!) where the victim chose NOT to wear a helmet. The other is drug addict overdoses... You choose to do something that puts your life in critical danger, and well, you die, it's that simple.