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.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.