Pull out your scalpels, we’re going to dissect some medical bills

February 21, 2012 in Hospital Bills, Insurance Bills, Member Stories

Friends and colleagues have been bringing me bills lately, asking, can you explain this? Why, they ask, is what my doctor or the hospital charges so much more than what they are paid? What happens to the difference? How do the codes fit the treatment I received?

Actually, what many people are showing me is not a bill, but an “explanation of benefits” (EOB) from their insurance company.

We’re going to take some of your bills or EOBs and dissect them to answer the general questions above and some more specific ones as well.

So send in your bills! You can scan and post them here or send me a note at marthab@wbur.org. We can cover an information you want to keep private.

1 response to Pull out your scalpels, we’re going to dissect some medical bills

  1. I don’t think that the theory that the medical system is a free-market really holds up well. If I was looking to have work done on my house, I can call in a number of contractors and get free estimates to compair against. During an emergency, if you called a hospital to ask for an estimate, they’d tell you to just come in, that its not possible to give an estimate. Even for routine treatments, its next to impossible to reasonably get a comparative estimate across health care providers.

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