Stop ER Price Gouging

What That Means

Texans are fed up with health care price gouging, especially when they are in one of their most vulnerable moments, an emergency medical situation. Visits to the ER—and especially visits to freestanding ERs—often result in sticker shock. Texans are being price gouged for thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars for basic medical care. Even before COVID-19, freestanding ERs were responsible for more than $3 billion in unnecessary health care costs in Texas every year. Now, freestanding ERs across the state are taking advantage of the current COVID crisis with examples of $10,000 COVID tests and other egregious price gouging across the state.

Don’t believe us? Below are three stories of emergency rooms being caught red-handed price gouging COVID tests.

An Austin doctor got a COVID-19 test from his own company. They billed his insurance company nearly $11,000

How a $175 COVID-19 test led to $2,479 in charges

Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408.

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Insurers bearing the brunt of COVID-19 test costs. That might mean higher premiums.

Health insurers say providers are overcharging them for COVID-19 tests and the added costs could mean higher premiums for their plan members in the future.
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NBC 5 Responds: How Does a $50 COVID-19 Test Cost Insurance More Than $10,000?

NBC 5 Responds has been tracking complaints and investigating issues with COVID-19 medical bills and testing costs.
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Health Insurance Group Urges Denial of Freestanding ER Waiver

The waiver is "an obvious attempt to leverage a crisis in order to make a profit," a letter to Governor Abbott reads.
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Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408.

It’s an example of the unpredictable way health prices can vary for patients who receive identical care.
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