Sumary of Many Patients Billed for Preventive Care That Should Be Free: Study:
- THURSDAY, July 22, 2021 — Many Americans are being charged for preventive — and supposedly free — health care, new research shows, and those bills may keep them from booking appointments in the future.
- Out-of-pocket charges for preventive care that should be free under the Affordable Care Act can discourage patients from receiving recommended care, said study lead author Alexander Hoagland, a Ph.
- Hoagland and his colleagues analyzed 2018 national health insurance claims data for adults and children covered by employer-sponsored insurance.
- They found their total out-of-pocket costs for preventive services totaled as much as $219 million.
- One in four patients who used preventive care had out-of-pocket costs, with an average cost of $20 to $23 per person each year.
- Out-of-pocket costs varied widely depending on the type of preventive services and where patients lived, the study found.
- Annual wellness visits accounted for a majority of the costs, at more than 35%.
- Out-of-pocket costs for these services ranged from $3.63 to $293.28 per person, the researchers said.