New England Journal: Almost a Quarter of E.R. Visits Handled by Out-of-Network Doctors

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New England Journal: Almost a Quarter of E.R. Visits Handled by Out-of-Network Doctors

Dec, 15th 2016

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published a comprehensive report on something thousands of health care consumers have been grappling with for years: surprise out-of-network medical bills.

Take the woman in Charleston, South Carolina, who underwent an emergency C section. The in-network anesthesiologist wasn’t available, so she faced a $15,000 bill for the out-of-network doctor who replaced him.

Or consider the man from Grapevine, Texas, who underwent an emergency appendectomy with an out-of-network surgeon -- the one who was on duty at the time. His bill: $950.

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