Out-of-network costs can hit patients hard
Regarding the recent Vital Signs blog post “If income inequality hurts the economy, can fixing healthcare help?” (ModernHealthcare.com, May 12), the answer is yes. Regardless of one’s income—even those in middle-income and higher-income brackets—families are going bankrupt or paying more than their share because of healthcare systems and hospitals that shock patients with noncovered service bills for physicians or other diagnostic services that are out-of-network. Instead of paying their maximum out-of-pocket of $5,000 or whatever it may be, people are receiving additional amounts due that are much larger than the cap. The system is confusing and needs to be fixed.
Mark Jacobs Stoughton, Wis.