Surprise Billing in Emergency Room Visits: New Study by Zack Cooper and Fiona Scott Morton

November 21, 2016
A new study by Zack Cooper and Fiona Scott Morton finds that ‘surprise billing’ accounts for a large part of Emergency room costs, and that part falls on the patient to pay even when they are covered by insurance.

The authors’ paper, ”Out-of-Network Emergency-Physician Bills – An Unwelcome Surprise” published in New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed 2.2 million emergency room visits and found that 22% of patients who went to ERs within their health-insurance networks were treated by an out-of-network doctor and expected to pay the extra, much larger cost.