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Combining High Tech with High Touch. The Cure for Harmful Medical Debt Collection Practices?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 10.31.2016 | New York
Jerry Ashton

In a multi-part series titled "Medical Debt Collections: High Tech, High Touch - High Time," I am chronicling the role of companies, organizations and...

Private Rooms Come With A Bigger Bill... Sometimes

Nurse Katz | Posted 07.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Nurse Katz

In addition, if you happen to be given a private room because there were no semi-private rooms available, you should NOT have been billed for a private room.

It's Scarily Easy To Get A Surprise Medical Bill, Even When You're Insured

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American health care system is confounding under the best of circumstances. But frustration can reach a boiling point when a patient...

How We Can Stop Hospitals From Over-Billing

David Belk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

I think there's one thing everyone should agree on though: No matter how we end up paying for our health care, we can afford a lot more of it once we stop being overcharged so much for what we're getting.

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Prices Explained: How Charges For Medical Care Got So Crazy | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business

Why would Orange Park Medical Center in Florida charge $117,445 to place a stent into a patient's artery, while the Mayo Clinic half an hour away in J...

Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Time | Posted 04.25.2013 | Healthy Living

When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get h...

High Prices, Massive Profits, No Transparency: The U.S. Health Care System According to Steven Brill

Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Time magazine this week is out with a mammoth, 24,000-word story on the state of the U.S. health care system written by Steven Brill. According to the story, Brill spent seven months researching why health care costs so much in America.

SHOCK: The Cost Of Dying

San Jose Mercury News | Lisa M. Krieger | Posted 02.08.2013 | San Francisco

How you die -- and what it costs -- depends largely on where you get care. That's the revelation of a major national database widely regarded as the b...

Man Hit By Police Car Fined $1,000

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.13.2012 | Money

A New York City pedestrian who was struck and injured by a police car was sent a sorry apology from the New York Police Department. Jesse Zorski, a...

He Was Charged Not Going To The Doctor

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

Have you been putting off going to the doctor? Apparently, now there’s a fee for that. Doug Rischbieter of Arnold, Calif., made an appointment wi...

The Medical Debt Crisis Isn't Going Away... Deal With It | Posted 12.19.2012 | Money

As tens of millions of Americans are paying off medical bills over time, the potential for damaged credit is great. Many government agencies are beginning to take notice. Unfortunately, the consumer credit reporting industry is fighting efforts for consumer protection every step of the way.

Shareholder Sues Debt-Collection Company Over 'Deplorable' Practices

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

The problems just keep piling up for the nation's most famous collector of hospital debts. Accretive Health, the Chicago-based debt collection comp...

Man Fights Hospital To Stay Guardian Of Comatose Son

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.28.2012 | Business

A North Carolina man is fighting a hospital to keep legal guardianship of his son. Freddie Lempe, 18, of Smithfield, North Carolina, has been in a...

Arizona Mother Fights $900 Medical Bill After Premature Baby Dies Minutes After Birth

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.05.2012 | Business

The death of a child is something no parent ever wants to face. And reliving such a traumatic experience in order to settle a medical bill would seem ...

Hickenlooper To Sign Hospital Information Bill

Posted 05.07.2012 | Denver

On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that changes how uninsured patients are billed after receiving hospital treatment. Senate...

Woman Charged $1,000 For Forced Cavity Search That Revealed Nothing

Posted 11.07.2011 | Crime

A court-ordered body cavity search could cost one New Mexico woman more than $1,000. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the woman, who is not b...

Arthur Delaney

Health Care Reform Won't Do Much About Huge Hospital Bills | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Faith Ozan is furious about her son's hospital bill. She claims that Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital charged nearly 3,000 percent more for drugs used t...