Out-of-net­work costs can hit pa­tients hard

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

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.

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