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Surprise medical bills average $750 to $2,600, new federal report says
Millions of Americans with private health insurance experience some kind of surprise medical billing, according to a new government report released less than six weeks before the No Surprises Act goes into effect.
Surprise medical bills are relatively common among privately-insured patients and can average more than $1,200 for services provided by anesthesiologists, $2,600 for surgical assistants and $750 for childbirth-related care, according to the report from the Department of Health and Human Services , Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
Consumers often expect their employer-sponsored insurance will shield them from high out-of-pocket costs for emergency services, HHS said. Unfortunately, the ASPE report reveals that an estimated 18% of emergency room visits by individuals with large employer coverage resulted in one or more out-of-network charges, and this percentage varies greatly by state, ranging from a low of 3% in Minnesota to a high of 38% in Texas.
Another finding is that patients receiving a surprise bill for emergency care paid physicians more than 10 times as much as patients without a surprise bill for emergency care.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The report’s release coincides with the No Surprises Act taking effect on January 1, 2022.It follows Friday’s announcement about the […]