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Then the bill came.
The patient: Travis Warner, 36, is self-employed and bought his health plan from Molina Healthcare via HealthCare.gov.
Medical service: Two “COVID tests” for the coronavirus — a diagnostic PCR test, which typically takes a few days to process and is quite accurate, and a rapid antigen test, which is less accurate but produces results in minutes.
Total bill: $56,384, including $54,000 for the PCR test and the balance for the antigen test and an ER facility fee. Molina’s negotiated rate for both tests and the facility fee totaled $16,915.20, which the insurer paid in full.
Service provider: SignatureCare Emergency Center in Lewisville, one of more than a dozen free-standing ERs the company owns across Texas.
What gives: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, stories of shockingly high prices for coronavirus tests have abounded. A recent report from an insurance trade association notes that “price gouging by certain providers continues to be a widespread problem.” Warner’s PCR bill of $54,000 was “astronomical” and “egregious,” according to health policy researchers we talked to.
Yet it’s perfectly legal. For coronavirus tests — like much else in American health care — there is no cap to what providers can charge, says Loren Adler, associate director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy.
originally posted by: lordcomac
a reply to: Stupidsecrets
I think my yearly tab so far for 2021 is over 700k USD right now. Bills still rolling in.
Insurance is taking the brunt of it but damn.
originally posted by: CrazeeWorld777
a reply to: 727Sky
Sure that's not a mis-print?
A bit too much for some random test! Sure it weren't just $56.38?