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  •  Kaiser Health - ER's asking for upfront payment (8+ / 0-)

    This was from February 2012.

    Hospitals Demand Payment Upfront From ER Patients With Routine Problems

    No surprise this is led by HCA. According to Kaiser 80,000 people walked out of HCA's emergency rooms because of a $150 up-front fee because they did not have a true emergency.

    Led by the Nashville-based HCA, a growing number of hospitals have implemented the pay-first policy in an effort to divert patients with routine illnesses from the ER after they undergo a federally required screening. At least half of all hospitals nationwide now charge upfront ER fees, said Rick Gundling, vice president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, which represents health-care finance executives.
    Kim Bailey, research director for the consumer group Families USA, said the tactic lets hospitals turn away uninsured patients who often fail to pay their bills and are a drag on profits. While the uninsured pay upfront fees as high as $350, depending on the hospital, those with insurance pay their normal co-payment and deductible upfront.
    But Conservatives don't want to make the uninsured get insurance - a socialist, Nazi, Communist plan.
    •  Not to condone this, but the real answer is (1+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc

      government run health insurance. Making the hospitals eat indigent care is stupid.

      "Nothing happens unless first a dream. " ~ Carl Sandburg

      by davewill on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 05:23:10 PM PDT

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