Fixing Healthcare Costs
A new Ohio law keeps patients from getting hit with unexpected medical bills after certain emergency treatments. The law works in conjunction with one at the federal level.
Patients are now protected from getting bills above their in-network rate for emergency and in some circumstances, unanticipated out-of-network care, with the cost-sharing amounts equaling the patients’ in-network amounts, according to an Ohio Capital Journal report. Meanwhile the federal law won’t hold patients responsible for out-of-network emergency bills such as air ambulance emergency transport and care they receive at any in-network medical centers from out-of-network providers.
Anyone who has undergone a medical procedure knows how expensive these are. Both laws are important steps in protecting patients.
More transparency and honesty about billing is necessary. For now, it is good know we have made headway on a problem that should have taken nearly this long to fix.