(Snippets from the frontline)
Here’s the scam: Observation Status
You’re admitted to the hospital with chest pain. Tests show you did not have a heart attack, and you are discharged home. Then your bill arrives.
Even though you were tested and surrounded by doctors and nurses as you laid in a hospital bed, your status was “Observation.” You were not considered “in-patient” and the bill indicates you have to pay rates and deductibles as an “out-patient.”
Who makes money on this? Hospitals. Who loses money on this? Patients.
Tired of getting “nickel and dimed”, with some of you losing your home or going into bankruptcy while hospital collectors ravage your savings?
Historians will look back and say this was the epitome of greed.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.