Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal is the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, author of “An American Sickness,” and is a former medicine herself. We asked her how to equivocate getting outrageous warn medical bills.
Following is a twin of the video:
DR. ELISABETH ROSENTHAL:One of my favorite stories in the book is a lady who was in a minor bike crash. She knew she’d harm something. Everyone said, “Oh, let’s call an ambulance.” And then, like a month later, she gets a check from the ambulance company. And it was for, like $800. And she said, “Wait! There must be a mistake here. This was the fire dialect ambulance.”
And the ambulance company said, “Nope. We charge, and we’re not in your network. And you owe us.”
And she could have taken a cab to the hospital, but the ambulance was there. She went along with it, and didn’t consider much of it.
We like to consider of ambulances as doing a open service which they clearly do do, but they’re also charging now. They’re billing, and they’re mostly out of network.
I’m a jogger, we was using in New York, and we tripped on the pavement and landed facedown, nearby Columbia. A garland of students ran up to me and said, “Oh, can we help you? Should we call an ambulance?” And we was like, “No! we am walking to the hospital.”
When people call an ambulance, or think, because don’t we just call an ambulance or get in an ambulance there may be financial repercussions.