Study: 1 in 5 Encounter Surprise Bills for Surgery

February 13, 2020

A recent study published in JAMA suggests that 1 in 5 insured patients received a surprise bill following surgery.

Researchers analyzed billing data from 347,356 surgeries. The study suggests the average out-of-network surprise bill is roughly $2,000.

“In this study, we narrowed it down to those cases where patients did as well as they could checking to make sure the surgeon and hospital were in-network, and still one in five got an out-of-network bill,” the study’s lead author, University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation’s Karan Chhabra, told U.S. News & World Report.

Click here to read the study on JAMA. (Paid subscription required)

To read the full report by U.S. News & World Report, click here.

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