Add this horror story of teacher charged $109K after heart attack to long list of reasons US badly needs Medicare For All

Add this horror story of teacher charged $109K after heart attack to long list of reasons US badly needs Medicare For All
“The lesson is, if you live in America and get charged an outrageous medical bill, you better hope you can find a journalist to write about it.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams Adding yet another horrifying anecdote to the ever-growing list of reasons the United States urgently needs to transition away from its disastrous ...

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills
By Marshall Allen for Pro Publica Patients may think their insurers are fighting on their behalf for the best prices. But saving patients money is often not their top priority. Just ask Michael Frank. Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn’t make sense. ...

He went to an in-network emergency room. He still ended up with a $7,924 bill.

He went to an in-network emergency room. He still ended up with a $7,924 bill.
By Sarah Kliff for VOX On January 28, 34-year-old Scott Kohan woke up in an emergency room in downtown Austin, Texas, with his jaw broken in two places, the result of a violent attack the night before. Witnesses called 911, which dispatched an ambulance that brought him to the hospital while he was unconscious. “The ...

When credit scores become casualties of healthcare debt

When credit scores become casualties of healthcare debt
By Shefali Luthra for Modern Healthcare After a devastating horse-riding accident in 2017 landed him in the hospital for a month, requiring trauma care and hospital-based therapy, Jeff Woodard considered himself lucky. The bills amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Woodard’s employer-sponsored health insurance limited his out-of-pocket maximum payment to $5,000. He reached ...

Amazon’s health care experiment shows exactly why we need Medicare for All

Amazon's health care experiment shows exactly why we need Medicare for All
By Richard Master for USA Today We have to remove profit from the health care equation, just like Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase intend to do. Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced last week that they would be forming a new company aimed at reducing employee health care costs. This decision was a response to what ...