Emergency room billing has been a topic of widespread discussion in recent years as the price of health care continues to skyrocket. Millions of people are saddled with medical debt every year, and medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S.  Emergency rooms in particular are a source of tremendous stress as patients receive unexpected (and unexpectedly high) bills, called “bill shock.”

Emergency rooms, especially those that contract with hospital staffing companies, too often bill patients directly, charging unjustified amounts. These ER staffing companies make money off of patients’ mistaken belief that the companies are legally entitled to the amounts listed on medical bills. But there is no contract and no law requiring such high prices – the patient never agreed to the amount listed and an insurance company would never pay the requested rate. In fact, when staffing companies have taken patients to court to collect their unauthorized bills, judges have determined that there is no legal justification or basis for the inflated prices. In many cases, the only basis for inflated emergency room bills is the ER company’s desire to profit.

 

If you paid a bill from your emergency room visit and would like to join Justice Catalyst Law’s quest to bring sanity to the medical billing industry, please email Brian Shearer or Jessica Rahmoune at info@justicecatalyst.org or call at 518-732-6703.