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... More by Jeanne Pinder