Within the same metro area, the price of some common health services can vary up to 39-fold, while services can differ 25-fold across areas, according to the latest issue brief from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).
A little over a year ago, California’s insurance commissioner began investigating Aetna for possibly denying care coverage without reviewing the records of a patient who’d filed a lawsuit. Now the company has agreed to an out-of-court settlement.
More than 90% of healthcare consumers were surprised by a medical bill in 2018, while nearly three-quarters were confused by a bill’s content and more than half could not pay a bill in full if it totaled more than $1,000.
An increasing share of hospital services have been performed in an outpatient setting in the past decade, according to a recent analysis from the Health Care Cost Institute—a trend that’s costing patients more every year.
The federal mandate that went into effect Jan. 1 requiring hospitals to post prices of their services online isn’t doing much good, according to the authors of an opinion piece published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.