Originally Posted by AustinG
Hospital billing is a farce. Normally speaking though once the insurance company pays the bill the hospitals adjust it to zero. If they are trying to charge you for something I would fight it. I would say that some of their business practices should fall under anti-trust. They should have some price controls just like utilities do.
If they are going to charge you $250 for a $1 pain pill why don't they charge you $1,000,000 for it? I think that part of the reason that they send you that inflated bill is just see if you will pay it. If other types of business operated that way they would go out of business. The reasons that hospitals don't for doing that is the same reason that it should be addressed by local, state, or federal government. There is no reason that it can't be addressed under existing laws. We shouldn't have to blow up our healthcare system because of THAT problem.
Well I don't understand how you would fight it.
When I went to be admitted, I was asked for $500 in cash, or a Credit Card to be admitted. And had to sign a paper that stated "I would be libable, and pay for all procedures and billings. Regardless of insurance payments."
Kind of sounded cut and dried to me.