Today’s Managing Health Care Costs Indicator
The New York Times reported on a graduate student in New York living on $18,000 a year who had emergency gallbladder surgery, and was billed $60,000 ($30,000 for the surgeon, and the same for the assistant). He had “good” insurance, and the hospital was “in plan.” However, both the surgeon and assistant were out of network. United Health Care said the allowable fee was $1273, and paid $838. That left a $59,162 balance for the graduate student to pay.