An Arm and a Leg

An Arm and a Leg


A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.

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While rushing to the hospital, “ouch” is usually the upper most thought in your mind, rather than I wonder what the bill will look like.

Once you’re bandaged up, though, that hospital visit can sometimes come with a little bit of sticker shock.

Spending on health care rose 9.9% in the first quarter of 2014. Some of that spending increase may be due to billing errors.

One landmark study found that as many as 8 out of 10 hospital bills contain errors.

Errors can include billing twice for the same medications. Billing for extended operating room times, or up-coding. The practice of escalating your diagnosis code to a more serious condition.

Make sure you carefully review your bill when it arrives. If you can’t, or don’t have time, it’s possible to hire a billing advocate to review your bill for you.

These services typically cost anywhere from $75 to $130, or a percentage of the amount they save you.

If you do find any errors, report it to the hospital’s billing department, and also to your insurance provider.

A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.

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