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Michigan Patient Billed Over $1,000 for Sitting in the Waiting Room

Michigan Patient Billed Over $1,000 for Sitting in the Waiting Room February 23, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Grand Rapids, MI:Judy Burton did what most people do when they begin suffering unexplained pains while at home on a Saturday evening: she proceeded to the nearest emergency room to get checked out. The Michigan resident told FOX 17 News (11/17/17) that she wound up not requiring treatment after her pains subsided and after about an hour simply left the waiting room and went home. Imagine her surprise when she received a bill about 2 weeks later for over $1,000 in emergency room charges.
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Medical Billing and Hospital Overcharges - What Happened to the Hippocratic Oath of "first, do no harm"?

Medical Billing and Hospital Overcharges - What Happened to the Hippocratic Oath of "first, do no harm"? February 19, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Tampa, FL: Attorney Ben Stewart is seeing an increase in hospital overcharging, mostly to uninsured people. "Look carefully at your medical bills. If you have been overcharged and have either started a payment schedule or completed payment, you may be entitled to monetary damages," says Stewart.
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Are ER’s Cashing in on Upcoding?

Are ER’s Cashing in on Upcoding? February 3, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC Since 2009 emergency room charges have jumped by as much as 85 percent. Are patients really sicker? Has the actual cost of care gone up that much? Are hospitals price-gouging? For both uninsured patients and those with big deductibles, the bottom line is the same – a gaping hole in the pocketbook.
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Class Actions Get Relief for Uninsured and Overbilled Hospital Patients

Class Actions Get Relief for Uninsured and Overbilled Hospital Patients January 25, 2018. By Brenda Craig.
Los Angeles, CA: There is an increasing amount of evidence to show that charges for emergency room treatment in American hospitals varies, and varies widely. One hospital might charge $1,000 for a particular test or treatment while another hospital might charge $12,000 for the exact same services.
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Emergency Room Charges and What to Do About Them

Emergency Room Charges and What to Do About Them January 14, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: A study into medical bills, treatment costs at hospitals and emergency room charges undertaken last year and published in May by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine confirmed what we already know: charges for medical care can be excessive when compared to what Medicare and Medicaid interprets as the true value for services.
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ER Bills and Hospital Overcharging: It’s Not Getting Any Better

ER Bills and Hospital Overcharging: It’s Not Getting Any Better October 30, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Boston, MA: Regardless of the machinations undertaken by the Trump Administration to replace the so-called ‘Obama Care’ with something that may, or may not be superior the fact remains that health care costs continue to balloon, with hospital billings and emergency room charges chronically higher than rates set by Medicare. With such hospital overcharging going on, it’s little wonder patients seek justice with an ER bill lawsuit, or similar.
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Advocacy Often the Difference between Fair Billing and Getting Fleeced

Advocacy Often the Difference between Fair Billing and Getting Fleeced December 26, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Lowell, MI: The last thing a person needs at this time of year are disputable emergency room charges over and above the Christmas bills that will soon be rolling in from the holidays. Advocates suggest that all too often ER bills are inaccurate, too high and are almost impossible to resolve without the help of a professional.
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ER Hospital Overcharges: Bat Bite Cost Uninsured $40K

ER Hospital Overcharges: Bat Bite Cost Uninsured $40K December 18, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Crewe, VA: No medical insurance? If it’s not a life-threatening situation, you may want to reconsider treatment at a hospital’s emergency room. Carlos could have saved thousands of dollars if he was treated by a veterinarian. Instead he is dealing with outrageous emergency room overcharges.
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Hospital Overcharges Up in the Air

Hospital Overcharges Up in the Air December 8, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Lubbock, NM: Not only do hospitals overcharge patients, mostly uninsured patients, for emergency room visits. One air ambulance company that provides emergency air medical service is facing several class action lawsuits alleging overpricing.
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Hospital Overcharging Made Worse by Out-of-Network Practitioners

Hospital Overcharging Made Worse by Out-of-Network Practitioners November 29, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
New York, NY: Beyond any attempt to determine why emergency room charges are so high in New York and other states, is the reality of sometimes receiving treatment from a practitioner outside of a patient’s insurance network, leaving the patient with little choice but to cover the bill. In a situation such as this, it equates to finding oneself under-insured.
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