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2017

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Erin C. Fuse Brown

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Consumer Financial Protection In Health Care, Erin C. Fuse Brown Oct 2017

Consumer Financial Protection In Health Care, Erin C. Fuse Brown

Erin C. Fuse Brown

There are inadequate consumer protections from harmful medical billing practices that result in unavoidable, unexpected, and often financially devastating medical bills. The problem stems from the increasing costs shifting to patients in American health care and the inordinate complexity that makes health care transactions nearly impossible for consumers to navigate. A particularly outrageous example is the phenomenon of surprise medical bills, which refers to unanticipated and involuntary out-of-network bills in emergencies or from out-of- network providers at in-network facilities. Other damaging medical billing practices include the opaque and à la carte nature of medical bills, epitomized by added “facility fees,” …