It is a dream come true when multiple readers send me medical bills from the exact same ER. 🤓 That's how this story happened — and how I learned that, at one Texas ER, the amount paid for drive-through coronavirus tests varied by 2,700 percent.
They went to the same coronavirus testing site in Texas. He paid with cash and was charged $199. She paid with insurance and was charged $6,408. It’s an example of the unpredictable way prices can vary for patients who receive identical care in the U.S.
About a month ago, I learned that the price of a coronavirus test ranged from $199 and $6,408 — inside *the exact same emergency room.* I only learned that because multiple patients from that ER sent me their bills. (5/7)
You can actually see that really clearly in the story I wrote yesterday, about a woman who got a drive-through coronavirus test. She used her insurance, and they were billed $6,408. Her friend paid cash and was billed $199. (2/8)
Two friends in Texas were tested for coronavirus. One bill was $199. The other was $6,408. The unpredictable way health prices can vary for patients who receive identical care
Update: the lab I wrote about here is now the subject of a Congressional inquiry into potential coronavirus price gouging. They're asked to submit their prices/billing practices to Congress by July 10.
The US has the most byzantine & broken healthcare system in the developed world. Maybe the #COVID19 #pandemic will finally force us to fix it. Two friends in Texas were tested for #Coronavirus in the same place. One bill was $199. The other? $6,408.
Even if you already think medical prices in the U.S. make no sense, you may be surprised by this example.
Two friends were tested for COVID-19. One paid in cash and was billed $199 – the other paid with insurance and was billed $6,408.
How the hell can two people be charged $200 or $6,400 for the same test? No rational person can accept our dysfunctional, profit-driven health care system. No more greed. It's time to make health care a human right. It's time to pass Medicare for All.
Pam LeBlanc got a coronavirus test in Austin, Texas. The test came back negative, but the bill was $6,408, even with her insurance. Her insurer negotiated the bill down to $1,128, but she was responsible for $928 of that. American health care is corrupt.
Two friends went to the same Texas emergency room for drive-through coronavirus tests. One was billed $199. The other was billed $6,408. Turns out, the price of a coronavirus test can vary by thousands of dollars in the same ER. My latest
Insurers supposedly negotiate lower prices for their enrollees. In this case, an insurer paid over $5,000 for a service where the cash price was $199.
qPCR tests cost ~$50 or less. This is inexcusable during a national public health crisis.
Many bonkers things in this story about Covid testing prices. But this is the most outrageous outrageous: Why would the lab test a covid swab for Legionnaires’ disease and Herpes?
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. #COVIDー19 #insurance
#MedicareForAll would impose consistent pricing. And nobody would be paying out-of-pocket for anything. Not even a copay or deductible.
Two identical #COVID19 tests in TX were billed at $199 and $6,408, respectively — a 3,200% price difference. refuses to take action as Republicans continue trying to repeal (w/ no replacement) the health care of 23M Americans. #TX21
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408.
Only in America... 2 friends get a coronavirus test, both negative. One pays cash, $199, the other is insured, the bill is $6408.
The same test for Coronavirus. One bill was $199. The other? $6,408. “I assumed, like an idiot, it would be cheaper to use my insurance than pay cash right there. This is 32 times the cost of what my friend paid for the exact same thing.” #ThisIsAmerica
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. on crazy variation in US healthcare prices. For a detailed documentation and explanation see my paper from last year
Two friends were tested for COVID-19. One paid in cash and was billed $199 – the other paid with insurance and was billed $6,408.
Decentralized systems have many advantages, including more choice, more competition, more innovation. They can produce startling variations.
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. #covid19 #testing #coronavirus
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for #coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. via
The never ending mystery of medical pricing.
"Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. It’s an example of the unpredictable way health prices can vary for patients who receive identical care." #UHC needed; #healthsystems
Health insurance in America: same procedure, same place, same day: out of pocket $199; insured co-pay $929.