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How to fight an outrageous medical bill, explained

Tuesday, June 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By Sarah Kliffsarah
vox.com, 4/01/20

 

I’ve come across some astounding charges investigating how emergency rooms bill patients. A woman in California fell off her bike and now faces a $20,243 bill. A patient in New Jersey never got past the ER waiting room and ended up with a $5,751 bill. A dad in Connecticut got a bill for $629 for the Band-Aid put on his 1-year-old daughter’s finger.

Most patients can’t afford these kinds of bills. But they often don’t know that it’s possible to negotiate them down.

I recently interviewed a dozen patients who successfully got their bills reduced, some who were unsuccessful, and even one whose bill went up after he attempted to get it lowered (more on that later).

I learned that people can indeed shrink their bills, but only if they’re willing to put in significant time and, in some cases, money. Here’s what patients say worked — and didn’t.

 

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