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  •  Even public hospitals require advance payment (3+ / 0-)
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    james321, Cassandra Waites, ladybug53

    for certain procedures.  

    The hospital says there was nothing unusual about how Sean was kept waiting. According to MD Anderson communications manager Julie Penne, “Asking for advance payment for services is a common, if unfortunate, situation that confronts hospitals all over the United States.”
      A few years ago I was supposed to get a test done at a county run hospital that would cost about $2,000 (I don't have insurance).  Nurse told me I'd have to pay at least one-half of that before the test.
      OTOH, I was ripped off by one HMO that "neglected" to inform me they offered discounts for early payment on bills, so I ended up paying their exorbitant rate for a DR appt. and two simple tests (that the DR ordered without my knowledge).  It wasn't until a couple years later I found out the HMO gave at lest a 30% discount for "prompt payment."

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 11:07:33 AM PST

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