Why Emergency Rooms Are A Hotbed For Surprise Medical Bills

Brian Rome

When you head into the emergency room, you might assume that the doctors you see are hospital employees who accept the same insurance plans as their employer. But nearly two-thirds of hospitals now staff their ERs with freelance physicians who might not accept your insurance plan, meaning you’ll be on the hook for whatever your insurer doesn’t pay. In addition to the potential added financial burden, some patients now have to drive far out of their way to find an ER that won’t hit them with a surprise medical bill. [More]

Photographic Evidence That Hospitals Should Maybe Rethink How They Bill Patients

Photographic Evidence That Hospitals Should Maybe Rethink How They Bill Patients

Twice a week for the past three months, Consumerist reader P. has been going to her hospital’s gym for brief, doctor-ordered cardio workouts. Her insurance isn’t footing the bill and each session is only $9.00, so she’s been assuming that the hospital was wisely waiting until her tab reached an amount worth billing before it sent an invoice. Not exactly… [More]

Man Who Paid $25 Bill In Pennies Is Proud

Man Who Paid $25 Bill In Pennies Is Proud

A man who made a scene when he voiced his dissatisfaction with a clinic’s billing department by paying a $25 disputed bill in all pennies is proud of what he did. “I would say that I had a legitimate purpose and it was to resolve a billing dispute and pay it,” the man told KSL, “and to protest how I’d been treated.” [More]