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Archive for June 2nd, 2014

Learn How Emergency Rooms Will Penalize Routine Patients

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How are hospitals taking a stand against patients abusing and/or crowding into emergency rooms? Establishments owned and operated by the Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) may start charging patients upfront fees — starting at $150 — for emergency room care. Patients who truly have an emergency or life-threatening emergency will not have to pay any immediate fees. The charges will apply to Americans who have routine illnesses or injuries only.

Are Upfront ER Bills Legal? Are They Ethical?

It is legal for emergency rooms to charge patients upfront fees. Keep in mind pregnant women, children under 6 years old, and seniors 65 and up will not be subject to these new fees. ERs will, however, charge patients an upfront fee if — after performing a leg

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