Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

A Long Island hospital is coming under fire for sending Covid testing bills as high as $1,931 to multiple members of the community. Scott Nadboy received bills of $1,720 each for his family of four, both times the family got tested for a ski trip to Maine, at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center in […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

“Thousands of people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past year, and generally, most patients haven’t had to pay out of pocket for these costs,” Caroline Tien writes over at verywellhealth.com. “Government programs and insurance companies have largely borne the brunt of the cost. But that might be changing. Researchers at the University of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

A Rochester-area woman we introduced you to over the summer has continued to receive hospital bills for a Covid test that never happened. Back in July, Rebecca Oliver and her partner Dan Loncoa went to Rochester Regional Hospital’s emergency room seeking a Covid test, only to be sent home without one and then billed $540 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: They were charged for giving insurance information to the hospital

It sounds like the most awful healthcare joke of all: They went to the hospital for Covid testing, gave their insurance information, and were turned away with no treatment. And yet! They got billed! It happened to Rebecca Oliver and Dan Loncoa of Irondequoit, N.Y., at Rochester Regional Hospital. “I had traveled out of state […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and bills: I didn’t have to pay a penny of my $320,000 Covid-19 bill- Slate

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and bills: I didn’t have to pay a penny of my $320,000 Covid-19 bill- Slate

“In March, I came down with a life-threatening case of COVID-19,” David Lat writes over at Slate. “I spent 16 nights in the hospital, including a week in the intensive care unit. I underwent an emergency intubation, followed by six days on a ventilator. I received services from multiple specialists -— experts in critical care, […]

What if restaurants billed like hospitals? Our partners’ viral hit

Summary: Our partners at WHYY public radio in the Delaware Valley (Philadelphia) have been getting some emails from listeners who are interested in our project to bring transparency to health care pricing. One came from Don Greenfield, who had an eye-opening experience looking at his wife’s medical bills about a year ago. Click through for […]

Balance billing: What it is, and what you can do

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Balance billing. It’s a scary term, in consumer and insurance circles: That’s what happens to a consumer if the hospital or doctor (also known as the provider) and the insurance company (also known as the payer) fail to agree, even under PPO terms, and the balance that they’ve agreed upon doesn’t satisfy one or the […]