Hospital bills blindside millions of Americans for doctor appointments that do not require setting foot inside a hospital. Research suggests that when hospitals acquire physician practices, professional fees increase. With the addition of facility fees, the total cost of care to the patient also increases.
HEY NOW: Past-due medical bills are the reason 59 percent of Americans are contacted by a debt collector and 16 percent of Americans’ credit reports include medical debt — about $81 billion total. Yale researchers reviewed more than 8.9 million ER bills, they discovered that 22 percent of privately insured patients were treated by out-of-network doctors.