June 25, 2009
Your Friendly Neighborhood Insurance Company

Here’s the money shot from an Associated Press story that the New York Times ran in today’s business section instead of on the front page where it belonged.

You have to admire the evil ingenuity and ravening greed of these people. Well, no, actually you don’t.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators said Wednesday that two-thirds of the nation’s health insurance industry used a faulty database that overcharged patients for seeing doctors outside their insurance network, costing them billions of dollars in inflated bills…

More than 100 million Americans have plans that allow them to see doctors who are not part of their insurance network. For more than a decade, insurers submitted data to Ingenix to determine the typical cost for care received in such visits.

But Congressional investigators say companies would deliberately skew data to underestimate the costs of medical services, leaving patients to pay more in out-of-pocket expenses.

“The result of this practice is that American consumers have paid billions of dollars for health care services that their insurance companies should have paid,” according to the report of the Senate Commerce Committee’s investigative staff.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 25, 2009 03:06 PM
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Complaint was brought by the AMA, not consumers. Vultures aplenty.

Posted by: on June 26, 2009 12:32 PM

Vultures are just carrion eaters. Private health insurance companies, they eat 'em alive.

Posted by: Peter on June 26, 2009 12:33 PM

I just love it when the gubment spends big bucks on a study which discovers the reasons for a problem and then moves directly on to the next study while doing fuck-all about the previous one.

Posted by: John Gall on June 26, 2009 2:13 PM
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