A sad lesson in asking for medical costs in advance!

This couple found out the hard way that you can be financially destroyed by some providers, especially if you are unfortunate enough to be out of network. Read it and weep, then get angry and let Representative Kilmer, Senator’s Cantwell and Murray know that you want this changed at the Federal level! No out of network billing fiascos. And while they are at it, they should look into breaking up the two companies that own the dialysis market. It is far more onerous than the high tech companies they are currently going after.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/first-kidney-failure-then-540-842-bill-dialysis-n1034496

Here’s the latest on our instate new law, but you *can* be grossly overcharged before 2020!

https://www.insurance.wa.gov/surprise-medical-billing

Why requiring hospitals to post prices may not help patients avoid surprise costs – KING TV

While I am very leery of KING now that they have been taken over by an extreme right wing ownership team, this is a good overview of where we are at now and some of the issues.This ends with the woman reporter describing what happened to her when she had her child. High out of network costs that took her years to pay off.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/take-5/why-requiring-hospitals-to-post-prices-may-not-help-patients-avoid-surprise-costs/281-41a11426-5a06-434f-89fd-2c3a2ee6eb57

Taking Surprise Medical Bills to Court – NY Times

With a growing number of people being sent to collections here in Jefferson County by JHC, this article points out a very interesting issue of whether the “contract” between a patient (especially one coming into an E.R.) and the hospital is a legal and binding contract for billing purposes. Can you have a binding agreement if the client/consumer doesn’t know the price they are paying when they sign the consent agreement?

 

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills – NY Times

A good caution against getting overcharged at an emergency room visit. Though please don’t use the ER when you just need to see a physician.

Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its E.R., and turning to EmCare was something hundreds of other hospitals across the country had done.

That’s when the trouble began.

It appears that they are in use in Yakima, Sedro-Woolley and a few smaller cities in Eastern Washington.

The Company Behind Many Surprise ER Bills