How have healthcare utilization and spending changed so far during the coronavirus pandemic?
In certain ways, healthcare utilization and spending are bound to be high during a pandemic. Indeed, the cost of a hospital admission for patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, can top tens of thousands of dollars, and there have been over a hundred thousand hospitalizations just in the early months of the pandemic. […]

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An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

The term “surprise medical bill” describes charges arising when an insured person inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider. Surprise medical bills can arise in an emergency when the patient has no ability to select the emergency room, treating physicians, …