Category Archive: Health Care Costs

It’s Not Just Hospitals That Sue Patients Who Can’t Pay

Until very recently, the separate company that runs the emergency department at Nashville General Hospital in Tennessee was continuing to haul patients who couldn’t pay medical bills into court.

Listen: Missouri Efforts Show How Hard It Is To Treat Pain Without Opioids

KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber was interviewed by KBIA’s Sebastián Martínez Valdivia to discuss the challenges Missouri faces in managing patients’ pain amid the opioid epidemic.

Analysis: Who Profits From Steep Medical Bills? The People Tasked With Fixing Them.

Surprise bills are just the latest weapons in a decades-long war among health care industry players over who gets to keep the fortunes generated each year from patient illness: $3.6 trillion in 2018. The practice is an outrage, yet no one in the health care sector wants to unilaterally make the type of big concessions that would change things.

Would ‘Medicare For All’ Cost More Than U.S. Budget? Biden Says So. Math Says No.

Biden’s statement misses the mark because of messy math.

Would ‘Medicare For All’ Cost More Than U.S. Budget? Biden Says So. Math Says No.

Biden’s statement misses the mark because of messy math.

‘An Arm And A Leg’: What We’ve Learned And What’s Ahead For The Show

For this bonus episode of “An Arm and a Leg,” Dan Weissmann gives up the host’s chair and answers questions from reporter and colleague Sally Herships.

‘An Arm And A Leg’: What We’ve Learned And What’s Ahead For The Show

For this bonus episode of “An Arm and a Leg,” Dan Weissmann gives up the host’s chair and answers questions from reporter and colleague Sally Herships.

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Live from D.C. With Rep. Donna Shalala

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes billions of dollars in health spending cuts, Congress gets back to work on surprise medical bills, and health care remains a top issue for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), a former Health and Human Services secretary, joins the panel at a special taping before a live audience in Washington, D.C. Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call and Joanne Kenen of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Plus, the panelists read their favorite “Health Policy Valentines.”

When Your Doctor Is Also A Lobbyist: Inside The War Over Surprise Medical Bills

As lawmakers consider bills to protect patients against surprise medical bills, doctors have waged a stealth on-the-ground campaign to win over members of Congress. Here’s how they did it.

One Defensive Strategy Against Surprise Medical Bills: Set Your Own Terms

By writing in payment limits when signing hospital forms, patients might have leverage in negotiations over disputes that arise from surprise medical bills.

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