Kaiser Health News
reports on the personal story of Gary Diego as an extreme example of what can happen in medical emergencies. "Consumers who are careful to choose in-network doctors and hospitals for their routine medical care often cannot choose where or how they are treated in an emergency. In a practice known as balance billing, insurers pay a portion of the out-of-network charges, and the balance owed to hospitals and doctors is dumped on patients" (Raeburn, 8/19).
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