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Hospitals Overcharging their Patients

Uninsured patients in some states allege they are charged excessive emergency room fees because of hospital overcharging practices. Patients in states such as California, Florida, Texas, New York, Arkansas, and North Carolina who do not have medical insurance, may be paying extra for their emergency room bill or other hospital expenses compared with what an insurance company is charged for the same procedure. Some uninsured patients are forced into collections to pay for bills that are reportedly inflated.


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Uninsured Patients and Excessive Emergency Room Bills

Hospital overchargesPatients without insurance who are treated in hospital emergency rooms could face bills that are inflated when compared with what insurance companies are charged for the same procedure. Uninsured patients in California, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, New York, and North Carolina could be paying 2-4 times the rate insured patients pay for the same treatment. Typically, those who do not have insurance are also those who are least able to afford the extra costs of such procedures.

People who are not able to pay their bills could find they are sent to collections agencies and have their credit ruined because they sought treatment. Because many people are in medical distress when they visit emergency rooms, they may not have the capacity or the ability to understand or sign documents before medical care begins.

Emergency Room Fee and Hospital Overcharge Lawsuits

Those who are uninsured and believe they have been overcharged for treatment in a hospital should seek legal advice before attempting to fight the bill. Experienced attorneys have successfully fought hospital bills in the past and can help patients dispute excessive hospital emergency room fees.

One lawsuit was filed in 2015 by a patient who was charged $31,000 for a one-week stay in a hospital. The patient, Claire Amos, filed the lawsuit alleging she and other uninsured patients were billed at a rate that was "dramatically higher" than the rate charged to patients with Medicare and Medicaid. The lawsuit seeks class action status.

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Posted by
Ed Frescas
I was charged $17,633.70 at Texas health Huguley hospital for 1 E.R. visit that was NO procedures done, NO test, only a urine test and 4 hours in lobby and 2 hours in room. Sent home with a prescription. And 2 weeks later a bill for 17,633.70 WOW fraud fraud

Posted by
Nokia timms
I'm in distress I have thousands of dollars in overcharged hospital visits that I didn't even go these bills have messed up my credit totally have seven- or emergency and I have Medicare please contact me as soon as possible I have the bills to show I have the credit report to show how this is a medically affected my life I'm 35 years old and never had a credit card in my life now everything is messed up thank you for your time

Posted by
Diane Lynn Claridge
My friend, a resident from Germany had jaw/sinus pain. She went to Scripps ER to get it checked. The doctor looked in her mouth... did not check her nose or ears... quickly prescribed an antibiotic and a decongestant. She received a bill for over $1,000. 00. The "itemized" bill said ER visit. Nothing else. No one offered a German translator. She tried to talk to billing. They either aren't available or are having "technical" problems. Absolutely ridiculous!


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