How to save money at the hospital: Elisabeth Rosenthal

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Summary: “Going to the hospital can be scary—but medical bills can be even scarier,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes over on Medium. “To avoid unnecessary expenses, here are 5 actions you can take during your hospital stay. In my latest book, ‘An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back,’ I write in depth about how healthcare has devolved into a byzantine system that millions of Americans fall prey to everyday. I’ve heard countless stories from people across the country about their experiences after a health scare that led to exorbitant medical bills. Read more about that here. BUT, there are ways to fight back. Unless you are on Medicare or are a member of an HMO, your stay is most likely being billed intervention by intervention, visit by visit, item by item. I’ve put together this list of 5 actions that you can use to take charge and protect your financial health while in the hospital — merely by asking the right questions. Unless you are on Medicare or are a member of an HMO, your stay is most likely being billed intervention by intervention, visit by visit, item by item —- quickly escalating into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Elisabeth Rosenthal, “How to Save Money at the Hospital,” Medium.