Why are my doctor bills so high? If you are like many Americans today, high doctors bills and other medical bills have caused you financial hardship in recent years.
Thousands of patients have gone bankrupt due to medical debt in the past ten years, and 75% of them actually have health insurance. The truth is that you are not to blame for these outrageous expenses, and neither is your doctor!
It’s very difficult to understand medical billing. It’s a complicated thing.
The answer to the question of why are my doctor bills so high rests on the fact that 80% of all medical bills today contain errors. These medical bill errors may be invisible to the ordinary patient, but in reality they are the result of medical billing “codes” that are used to bill for certain items, and hidden fees and exceptions which can be charged by insurance companies.
Mistakes when entering these billing codes are extremely common: You might be charged for things like a “facility fee” at a hospital, which your insurance company won’t pay for. Double-billing is all too common. So is coding your doctors bill for brand-name drugs when you’ve specifically asked for generic, or services you never received.
These are just a few reasons why your medical bills can end up costing you so much, even when you thought you had “full-coverage” insurance.