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High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health Of Patients And Rural Hospitals

05:00 EST 10 Jan 2020 | Kaiser Health News

Small hospitals and patients in rural areas have been hit hard by the boom in high-deductible health plans. Often when a patient arrives at a rural hospital needing critical care, the person is stabilized and transferred to a larger facility. But bills from the first site of care generally get applied to the patient’s deductible. When patients can’t afford their deductible, the smaller hospital winds up eating the costs.

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