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 Day: Ambulances, rising costs, insurance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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 […]