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In today’s healthcare landscape, unsuspecting patients are facing an alarming trend that’s quietly adding billions to hospital bills and routine healthcare visits nationwide: facility fees. These fees, tacked on for routine care in outpatient centers owned by hospitals, are not only raising eyebrows but also the cost of healthcare significantly.

The practice of charging hefty facility fees, in addition to the expected charges, is increasingly scrutinized for its lack of transparency and justification, especially as it contributes to the spiraling cost of healthcare.

Hospitals defend the charges as necessary to cover operational costs and meet federal regulations.

Read more about the growing prevalence of facility fees and the challenges patients face in avoiding them in this article by Melanie Evans at the Wall Street Journal: Hospitals Are Adding Billions in ‘Facility’ Fees for Routine Care

 

Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, CELA, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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