At the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his principles to solve a huge problem facing our healthcare system: surprise medical bills. Present at the event were victims of outrageously large, surprise bills and their family members.
One attendee, Elizabeth Moreno, was overcharged to the tune of $17,850 for a drug test that, without her full knowledge of the tests being performed, were sent to an out-of-network lab that charged an outrageous amount, which some experts have said is far above usual market prices. Stories like Elizabeth’s prompted the President, in January, to direct his team to solve this problem and protect the American people. No one should have to bear the burden of surprise medical billing.
Many Americans have had similar frustrating experiences following a trip to the hospital. They thought they understood the care they had received and who provided it only to receive lengthy, unintelligible bills for services they were unaware of by out-of-network providers they never met at prices that far exceed the amounts that insurance pays.