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follow Patrick 2019 May 14, 7:17am
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At the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his principles to solve a huge problem facing our healthcare system: surprise medical bills. Present at the event were victims of outrageously large, surprise bills and their family members. ...Many Americans have had similar frustrating experiences following a trip to the hospital. They thought they understood the care they had received and who provided it only to receive lengthy, unintelligible bills for services they were unaware of by out-of-network providers they never met at prices that far exceed the amounts that insurance pays.These surprise bills typically result from patients receiving care from an out-of-network provider that they may have reasonably assumed was in-network -- or from receiving out-of-network care in an emergency when they had limited, if any, ability to choose their provider. Think of the time a loved one went to the nearest emergency room in a crisis and was hit with an out-of-network bill. Think of the time you scheduled a surgery after confirming that the surgeon and hospital were in your insurance network, only to be later sent a huge bill for an out-of-network anesthesiologist who you did not choose but who was part of your surgical team. ...At its core, more transparency and information can solve much of this problem. Every patient should be informed upfront of the network status of all providers in advance of receiving scheduled care, with a single, comprehensible bill with pricing information about the provider, the services that should be reasonably expected, and the out-of-pocket costs for which they will be responsible. And unless patients provide advance consent, out-of-network providers should not be able to send them bills. ...Congress should come together on a bipartisan basis to pass legislation, based on these commonsense principles, to end surprise medical billing. It is not acceptable to see hospitals -- institutions ostensibly committed to the mission of patient care -- put patients in these unfair and unnecessary financial situations.
totally agree, but the Democrats certainly don't want to help any Americans while Trump is president.