He thought his new insurance was like his older plan but Swedish Medical Center billed him $27,119 for a second, follow-up surgery.
Remarkably, a high-income person in the U.S. was more likely to report financial barriers than a low-income person in nearly all the other countries surveyed: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.
Insurers often try to steer patients to urgent care and away from costly emergency rooms, but individuals could still get hit with large bills in the process.
The cyclist collided with three health system threats: an out-of-state emergency, out-of-network care and gold-plated prices from both hospitals that treated him.
Lesson: Don’t try this at home.
Opponents say requirement that doctors use ‘step therapy’ protocols delay patients access to effective drugs.
Doctors and other medical providers are leveraging state laws that rely on arbitration to increase in-network fees, thereby raising health care costs for everyone.
The cost of parking while in cancer treatment is drawing scrutiny from oncology researchers and even some hospital administrators.
His patient responsibility, according to his insurer, is close to $2,000, and he fears there may be more bills to come.
Nonprofit hospitals are required to provide free or discounted care to people of limited means, but nearly half of them routinely bill patients who qualify for such help
Approximately 50 million—or 20 percent—of American adults reported donating to a crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for a medical bill or treatment.
Healthcare Bluebook estimates the price of the procedure ranges from $9,678 to more than $30,000– and the“fair price” it suggests for the surgery is $12,090.
The number of Americans without health insurance has crept up under the Trump administration. Cost growth has slowed, but costs are still going up.
For some families, average out-of-pocket health care spending for maternity care jumped from $3,069 in 2008 to $4,569 in 2015.
“I couldn’t fathom in what universe I would go to a doctor for a strep throat culture and some antibiotics and I would end up with a $25,000 bill.”