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1 in 5 operations may lead to surprise bills, even when surgeon & hospital are in-network

19:00 EST 10 Feb 2020 | AAAS

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) As if recovering from surgery wasn't hard enough, a new study shows that one in five operations could result in an unwelcome surprise: a bill for hundreds or thousands of dollars that the patient didn't know they might owe. On average, that potential surprise bill added up to $2,011. That's on top of the nearly $1,800 the average privately insured patient would already owe after it paid for most of the costs of their operation.

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