“Your Co-Pay Will Be $40,000, Please”

“Because there is no guideline. There is no transparency. They can charge whatever they want.”

Even with insurance, woman hit with $40,000 in medical bills

Oct 1, 2019

CBS News – Molly McKenna was in agonizing pain last January when her fiancé rushed her to a Baylor Scott & White clinic in Austin, Texas.

“The doctor came in and said, ‘Your ovary is a big hemorrhaging mess right now. We have to take that out,'” McKenna said.

One of her ovaries was twisting inward, cutting off the blood supply.

“It just got to the point where I could barely breathe,” McKenna said.

She was transferred by ambulance to a larger Baylor Scott & White hospital for surgery.

At each stop, the staff took her private insurance card. Yet a few weeks later, she was told much of her treatment was out-of-network. She owed more than $40,000.

“I remember crying. I was very upset,” McKenna said.

McKenna is just one of over 600 people CBS News has heard from in our Medical Price Roulette series that highlights the financial gamble consumers face with medical care.

Insurance broker Lora Everist, who sold McKenna her insurance policy, said paying cash would have been cheaper.

“Nobody gave her the option to pay cash or self-pay,” Everist said … Read more.