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View Diary: I feel sorry for health insurance companies. Yes, I said that. Why? This Time report must be read. (228 comments)

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  •  Bottom line: NEVER pay your hospital bill without (4+ / 0-)
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    stevej, Mother Mags, james321, ladybug53

    arguing with them first.  Demand a detailed, itemized bill.

    If necessary, hire a professional to bargain/fight with them.

    To me, that's the take-away from the superb article that is the subject of this diary.

    •  Yup, I had a bill for $6,666 from a hospital just (1+ / 0-)
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      bought by the Yale New Haven system mentioned in this article.

      My insurer negotiated it to $2,889, but I still think that's ridiculous -- it was for a a maybe half hour outpatient surgery.

      Just by calling and asking, I got a 25% discount if paid within 30 days.

      I'm sure if I wanted to waste more time and energy by forcing them to audit the bill, I could have gotten that 25% discount off a lower amount.

      This just goes to show -- they truly throw every charge at the wall, and hope they will all stick.

    •  Who are the professional bill-arguers? (0+ / 0-)

      I know I've read about exactly that specialty, but wouldn't know where to look for one.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 02:44:46 PM PST

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