Insurers bearing the brunt of COVID-19 test costs. That might mean higher premiums.
Health insurers say providers are overcharging them for COVID-19 tests and the added costs could mean higher premiums for their plan members in the future.Continue reading →
NBC 5 Responds: How Does a $50 COVID-19 Test Cost Insurance More Than $10,000?
NBC 5 Responds has been tracking complaints and investigating issues with COVID-19 medical bills and testing costs.Continue reading →
Health Insurance Group Urges Denial of Freestanding ER Waiver
The waiver is "an obvious attempt to leverage a crisis in order to make a profit," a letter to Governor Abbott reads.Continue reading →
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408.
It’s an example of the unpredictable way health prices can vary for patients who receive identical care.Continue reading →
Coronavirus Tests Are Supposed to Be Free. The Surprise Bills Come Anyway.
Congress sought to ensure that patients would not face costs connected to the virus. But rules are not always being followed.Continue reading →
Hit with surprise COVID-19 bills, Americans forced to fend for themselves
It was early May when Laurie Delgatto-Whitten opened her mail to find a bill she never expected. The bill totaled more than $3,000 for a single COVID-19 test at a Dallas-area hospital, a test that under federal guidelines was supposed to be free.Continue reading →
How a $175 COVID-19 test led to $2,479 in charges
A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six figures to their insurance.Continue reading →
Some COVID-19 tests costing thousands of dollars in Austin
A man and his wife received billing statements after getting a COVID-19 test from Austin Emergency Center in April, which totaled more than $10,000.Continue reading →
An Austin doctor got a COVID-19 test from his own company. They billed his insurance company nearly $11,000
Physicians Premier ER charged Dr. Zachary Sussman's insurance $10,984 for his COVID-19 antibody test even though Sussman worked for the chain and knows the testing materials only cost about $8. Even more surprising: The insurer paid in full.Continue reading →
How Rich Investors, Not Doctors, Profit From Marking Up ER Bills
TeamHealth, a medical staffing firm owned by private-equity giant Blackstone, charges multiples more than the cost of ER care. All the money left over after covering costs goes to the company, not the doctors who treated the patients.Continue reading →
COVID-19 Testing Has Become A 'Cash Cow' For Freestanding ERs In Texas, Experts Say. And It's Getting Out Of Control.
Even though he's not responsible for the bill, Barguiarena said $2,000 for one test seems high for a test that’s $167 on average.Continue reading →
A $15,000 COVID-19 test? Lawmakers seek to rein in sky-high costs at some free-standing emergency rooms
A bill would prohibit stand alone ERs from charging certain fees for drive-up services, such as testing and vaccinations that became common in the pandemic.Continue reading →