Politicians tackle surprise bills, but not the biggest source, ambulances: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Politicians tackle surprise bills, but not the biggest source, ambulances: The New York Times

“After his son was hit by a car in San Francisco and taken away by ambulance, Karl Sporer was surprised to get a bill for $800,” Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz write for The New York Times. “Mr. Sporer had health insurance, which paid for part of the ride. But the ambulance provider felt that […]

The ambulance to the hospital: How much does it cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Many of us won’t have to ride in an ambulance, ever. Many of us will. Here’s an interesting discussion about costs and reimbursement over in New Jersey, on the Maplewood Online message board. How much does an emergency ride to the hospital cost? The answer’s complicated. The bill could be for $600, $2,500, $3,900, $3,267…. […]

The Day: Ambulances, rising costs, insurance

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The Day: Ambulances, rising costs, insurance

Out-Of-Network Ambulance Rides Can Bring Out-Of-Pocket Expenses. This spring, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts launched a policy aimed at getting more emergency medical services providers to join its network: It began sending checks for out-of-network private ambulance rides directly to plan members rather than to the EMS providers. The move forces these providers to pursue consumers […]

Uninsured patients pay more: A first-person account

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Uninsured patients pay more: A first-person account

A friend came over to fill out our “tell us what you paid” forms. I’ve taken out some of the details, and left others. “Kidnapped by ambulance” might be a better headline for this, a $2,859 unreimbursed emergency room experience (and don’t miss the $1,699 blood test). I did know that uninsured people pay the […]