Court tosses $300,000 hospital bill for promised $1,300 charge

Court tosses $300,000 hospital bill for promised $1,300 charge

May 19, 2022 by CBS News

Key Facts

  • bills largest source of U.S. debt Medical bills largest source of U.S. debt, study says 04:23 Colorado's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman who expected to pay about $1,300 for spinal fusion surgery but was billed more than $300,000 by a suburban Denver hospital that allegedly included charges it never disclosed she might be liable for.
  • This week's ruling in favor of Lisa French, who underwent two surgeries in 2014, follows efforts by many U.S. states and the federal government to help curb health care costs by restricting or eliminating so-called "surprise billing" and requiring increased price transparency for consumers.
  • In a unanimous opinion, the Colorado justices ruled Monday that agreements French signed before surgery at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster don't compel her to pay the extra charges, which stemmed from a then-secret list of prices for services that hadn't been disclosed to her.
  • Attorneys for Centura Health argued the agreements French signed specified she was required to pay "all charges of the Hospital" — including the prices for services the hospital maintained internally at the time.

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