The Brian Lehrer Show

Negotiating Your Medical Bills

March 30, 201717 min
Diane Spicer, supervising attorney of Community Health Advocates at the Community Service Society, joins us to guide listeners on understanding their medical bills and how to negotiate medical expenses. Spicer advises to first make sure that your insurance company was correct in its billing statement prior to negotiating. Check out fairhealth.org for a compilation of what the average rates are for medical services. Then, check to see who is sending the bill.  "You may have more negotiating power if a collector has bought at a lower rate," said Spicer.  If you think you might need help bringing down surprise medical bills, call the Community Health Advocates at Community Service Society at 888-614-5400.

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