Healthcare costs are a major concern for people in the US, with over 137 million people struggling to pay medical bills and 79 million people burdened with medical debt. Healthcare provider bills are often viewed as vague and arbitrary, with exorbitant markups – as much as 200 times the cost to provide the service. Numerous media reports have brought the issue of aggressive medical debt collection to light.
In this webinar, the speakers will discuss the pathway by which healthcare bills transform into unmanageable medical debt and explore what a better system would look like – one that ensures providers operate efficiently and revenues cover costs, yet patient cost-sharing is tailored to their ability to pay. They will highlight state strategies that can protect consumers at each step along the pathway.
Elisabeth Benjamin, MSPH, JD, Vice President, Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society of NY
Jerry Ashton, Founder and Director of Education and Outreach at RIP Medical Debt
Lynn Quincy, Healthcare Value Hub (moderator)
New York, NY
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