Haggle With Hospitals

Medical bill too high? Have you tried haggling? NYT writes:

STRIKE A DEAL, THEN CHECK IN If you need shoulder surgery, for instance, but don’t have insurance – or are facing a high hospital co-payment – call the hospital’s billing department and explain that you would like to discuss getting a discount and why. Dr. Moritz suggests saying, “I’d like to pay the lowest rate you give an insurance company.”

Bargaining Down the Medical Bills [NYT via Consumer World Blog] (Photo: Todd Ehlers)