Lancaster General / Lancaster General hospital ripoff
My husband had a DAY surgery procedure done on 8/17/12. It was done at the Lancaster General Health Campus OUTPATIENT facility. From the time he was checked in and discharged was a little under 2 hours. We could not believe it when we received the bill showing they billed $11, 000. I wrote a letter to the president of the hospital to have him explain to me how they could justify these charges. Off course he sent the letter to the billing department. Even though he was a DAY surgery patient, I was told that because the facility is an entity of the hospital that they could bill as if he were in a hospital setting. How unfair is this?? I have worked in medical billing for 17 years and I know when I am being ripped off!! Just because Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement has gone down, they are coming after the private insurance companies and paying patients. No wonder health care rates are what they are!!! I have put an appeal into my insurance company to take some of the monies back. They were grossly inflated. I have recently been on our local news about this. It is unfair, unethical and morally wrong.