One company behind those surprise emergency room bills: The New York Times

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One company behind those surprise emergency room bills: The New York Times

“Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its E.R., and turning to EmCare was something hundreds of other hospitals across the country had done,” […]

How much will that cost? Finding out medical prices in advance

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How much will that cost? Finding out medical prices in advance

SUMMARY: How much will that cost? It’s a question consumers aren’t used to asking in the health care marketplace. Many of us grew up with the $10 co-pay, but that’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past. With rising deductibles, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it’s increasingly a question we […]

How much does an emergency-room visit cost? Well, maybe $73,002.

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How much does an emergency-room visit cost? Well, maybe $73,002.

An excellent chart: How much does an emergency-room visit cost? The cost differences were startling. A urinary-tract infection could result in a bill of $50 or a bill of $73,002. A sprain or strain: $4, or $24,110. A kidney stone: $128 or $39408. This is an illustration from a study called “ ‘How Much Will […]