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Patients ending up with large bills for out-of-network doctors they did not select

Patients ending up with large bills for out-of-network doctors they did not select

Privately insured Maryland patients typically pay several times more for out-of-network medical services and procedures than what Medicare pays for the same services, according to new research from John Hopkins.

They face unexpectedly large bills after doctors who were not part of their insurance companies' network of approved providers are assigned to treat them at hospitals.

Some of these doctors charged as much as six times what Medicare charges for similar services, according to research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Medicare pricing is often used as a gauge for what other insurance companies charge for services.

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