New England Journal of Medicine’s research shows that Surprise Medical Bills are a nationwide problem

By Kimberly Fountain on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

New research findings from the New England Journal of Medicine found that one out of five patients being seen at an emergency room in an in-network hospital is seen by an out-of-network doctor. This comes as no surprise to Consumers Union. We have been hearing heartbreaking out-of-network stories from members across the country for more than a year. Just this past week, member Tracey Davis shared his story with NBC. Back in August, Tracey broke his ankle and ended up “with a bill for more than $700, because the emergency room physician who treated Tracey wasn’t in their insurance network”.

It’s great to know that surprise medical bills are finally starting to get the attention they deserve. This past week, Consumers Union’s work and expertise on this issue was highlighted on ABC news, The New York Times, CBS News, Seattle Times and Thrillest.

In order to continue the momentum against surprise medical calls, we need to hear from you. Please sign our petition and share your personal story with out of network bills.

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  2. Mona Caren says:

    What a disappointment! I grew up going to Walgreens and now they have lost me as a customer! What a greed driven and disrespectful corporation. I just hate I’ve spent thousands of dollars with such an unethical company. As baby boomers age, we see that corporate America is greedy and very disrespectful of the revenues we have generated for them over the years.

    Wow! don’t trust your healthcare needs to Walgreens! What a greedy, selfish , and totally indifferent corporation. They make money for years and have no loyalty or respect for their long-time consumers.

    This is the worst company and they have been around for years making millions off of Baby Boomers who have been their customers for years and now they treat their customers like crap and if you are a victim of crime inside their store or outside on their property they will not cover your losses. Seniors being mugged and having their car keys stolen inside the stores.

    Don’t shop at Walgreens and the Corporate is only about greed and their bottom line and they have no interest in their customer’s well being or safety. They make millions and we get mugged with no compensation for our losses or injuries from the Corporate end. Their unethical and ridiculous SEDGWICK Insurance includes a lot of incompetent 20 somethings who were even born when Walgreens long time customers spent thousands of dollars at their stores. Greedy unethical company which has lost me as a customer forever !

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