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    From a Times article: Tips For Lowering Your Medical Bills

    By scrutinizing these types of charges on bills, advocates have helped patients reduce remittances by anywhere from $1,300 to $100,000. Most groups take a flat percentage of about 35% or negotiate an hourly fee for larger bills.
    While a medical bill can seem intimidating, Palmer says it’s important for patients to remember that there are a lot of things they can do for themselves as well. Medical-billing advocates can help, Palmer says, “but there are things that a patient is going to know that an advocate may not know, such as ‘I did not take this medication because I am allergic to it’ or ‘I never saw this doctor’ or ‘This test was canceled because my blood pressure went too high.’ Patients can help themselves by questioning and reading their bills carefully.”

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    No we do not have the best healthcare in the world. A shocking number of careless errors occur endangering, harming and even killing a large number of patients. This is a much bigger problem here than in any other country that I have found.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:25:36 PM PDT

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