Surprise medical bills occur when out-of-network provider fees exceed what health insurance plans are willing to cover – the difference resulting in unexpected out-of-pocket expenses for patients. Between 2014 and 2017, it is estimated the average surprise medical bill could be anywhere from $220 to $628. The problem is particularly pronounced in emergency room visits and emergency surgeries as surprise bills reach an average of $19,600, and patients are often unable to select a provider.
The problem could soon be solved. Read this op-ed in Inside Sources to learn more.