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Дорогое удовольствие

Эти тесты на коронавирус в США.
Кстати, вполне неплохой способ уменьшать количество тестируемых.
Troubling stories about steep medical bills have been spreading along with the disease. In Miami, a man who got tested after a work trip to China reportedly racked up $3,270 in hospital charges. A Pennsylvania man set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for $3,918 in surprise bills after he was evacuated from China and quarantined with his three-year-old daughter. In Kansas, a debate coach who traveled to Shanghai for a tournament in mid-January was tested at a Kansas hospital for the coronavirus and other ailments and received a $983 bill a few weeks later, he told MarketWatch.
“My first reaction was to laugh in disbelief,” said 27-year-old Tyler Prochazka of the moment he saw the bill. In his case, a nurse had taken a nose swab and told Prochazka it would be sent to the CDC, which would cover the cost of testing the specimen, he said. That didn’t end up happening. “I wasn’t entirely surprised because I cannot think of a single encounter with the American health care system that didn’t have a similar outcome,” Prochazka said.
Testing is now being conducted at hospitals — and they’ll need to bill someone
...The CDC has covered the cost of the test for most individuals so far, Kates said. (Prochazka’s test cost, however, wasn’t covered by the CDC, and he and the other patients mentioned above who incurred big bills were also charged for other costs associated with visiting hospitals or being quarantined.)
Going forward, tests will be conducted at sites including hospitals. And those sites will most likely want to bill an insurer, Kates said. So how much will it cost patients to get the coronavirus test? “It is going to be a function of whether or not they are insured and what kind of coverage they have,” Kates said. “They could face the cost of a doctor’s office or hospital outpatient or ER visit — a particular issue for those who are uninsured or have a high deductible.”
he CDC did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid recently created a new billing code that will allow health-care providers to bill for the coronavirus lab test. The price for the test hasn’t been set yet, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told MarketWatch.
For Medicaid patients, diagnostic tests are an optional service. It will be up to individual states to cover the test or not for Medicaid recipients, the CMS spokeswoman added.
No matter why they visit a hospital, most patients are hit with a “facilities fee” just for walking in the door, Donovan said. What’s more, the CDC is recommending that hospitals treat potential coronavirus patients in isolated rooms, and use other special precautions. It’s not yet clear whether patients will be charged for these extra costs.
And whenever you get any lab tests done, it’s important to verify first that the lab and its technicians are “in-network,” meaning that they’re covered by your insurance plan. Otherwise, you can end up with a surprise medical bill — even if your doctor recommended the test.
Half of U.S. adults said they or a family member either postponed or skipped going to the doctor in the last year because of the cost, 2019 polling by the nonprofit health research group Kaiser Family Foundation found.

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