Surprise Bills: Due Diligence with a Hospital & Its Doctors Won't Cut It

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Surprise Bills: Due Diligence with a Hospital & Its Doctors Won't Cut It

Oct, 18th 2016

One of the more challenging and frustrating tasks for consumers navigating the health care system is finding physicians and hospitals that are “in network” and willing to accept the coverage terms of their health insurance policies. This is particularly true of patients faced with surgery or other more complicated procedures, when more than one or two physicians are involved.

A new study published this week by the Brookings Institution notes that being diligent about determining that the hospital and doctors performing the procedures participate in their insurance plans may not be enough. People can still be hit with thousands of dollars’ worth of additional “surprise medical bills” – sometimes ten to 20 times what they expected to pay.

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