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An unexpected hospital bill can bust the family budget. More and more Americans have health plans that require them to pony up a high deductible before insurance kicks in. That leaves lots of people with bills they canít pay. Turns out, thatís a crisis for hospitals too, and some are getting creative about collecting debt.
A few years ago, a table saw accident sent woodworker Jim Crannell to the emergency room with a bloody gash in his finger. The pain was bad, and afterward Crannell was bracing for a ghastly medical bill, too. But at discharge, he got an offer that promised to ease his financial suffering.
Listen to find out what happened next on Season 2, Episode 2 of ďAn Arm and a Leg: A Podcast About the Cost of Health Care.Ē
Season 2 is a co-production of Kaiser Health News and Public Road Productions.
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