I am in the throes of moving, but I found this article of interest, especially since it originates with a hospital north of Spokane, Washington. Not quite in my backyard, but close enough to be of interest. I don’t have time for commentary, except to say this is not restricted to Washington state or Spokane. It is the problem of defined networks. If the doctor is not in the network the patient pays the bill whether they are in control of where they are seen or by whom.
Too often too many patients have no choices or voice. I find the particularly mean spirited–billing people for something beyond their control because where they received care that was not in their network. This at a time when they could have no say in where they were going and who they were going to see.
There is something very, very wrong with this picture. Here’s the story. You may also find the other articles interesting as well.
More later! Kathleen