Financial bill of rights

Elizabeth Rosenthal, a former physician and now editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, recently wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times on “Nine Rights Every Patient Should Demand.” They include:

  1. The right to an itemized bill in plain English.
  2. The right to never receive a surprise out-of-network bill.
  3. The right to accurate information about the provider network in my insurance plan.
  4. The right to a stable network.
  5. The right to be informed of conflicts of interest.
  6. The right to be informed in advance about any facility fees.
  7. The right to see a price list for elective procedures
  8. The right to be informed of cheaper options.
  9. The right to know that a disputed bill will not be sent to a collection agency.

Rosenthal is also the author of “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.


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