Hospitals ignore regulations meant to keep medical costs lower

A new study finds that out-of-network medical bills aren't just high, they're often illegally high — with hospitals ignoring regulations meant to keep you out of debt when you get sick out of state.


  1. Huff his Canadian fingernails, polishes ’em on shirt…and says “So, how’s that non-socialized medicine working out for you, eh?”

  2. I suppose that explains the $1,200 bill the emergency ward in Vegas presented me with for X-raying and pressure-bandaging a sprained wrist.

      1. I believe there’s an uninhabited island in the South Pacific that might qualify as ‘doing it right’.  

          1. A major teaching hospital is a stone’s throw from where I sit, I don’t think that will be an insurmountable obstacle. 

  3. It’s not just out-of-network.  I’ve had the (not) joy of being in the ER multiple times in the last 6 months.  Every time I’ve been in, they’ve automatically slapped in an IV and given me a bag of fluids – before making any diagnoses.  Last time I finally joked with the offical blood sucker about the oddity (as opposed to less mercenary hospital systems), and she said it was policy, regardless of complaint or insurance status.  Since not everyone is going to need the treatment, it just seems like yet another way to pad the bill.  

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