California just passed a law forbidding doctors to bill out-of-network rates for work done in-network. Wait. What? Let’s try that again. The California State Assembly passed a bill which “would forbid ancillary providers from charging patients more than the in-network rate for their specialty, if they delivered service at an in-network hospital”. Get it? This is the insanity we accept. It is like an Abbott and Costello routine. What if your not an ancillary provider but a regular provider doing out-of-network work at in-network rates? I guess that would be acceptable as long as you didn’t tell anyone. But an out-of-network hospital always can be billed at an out-of-network rate unless the provider was ancillary and in-network, which results in canceling each other out. I don’t know. Third base.
We need to STOP the madness and get rid of this mess. This is a game created by insurers and we all have now accepted it as dogma. It’s an illusion that doesn’t have to be.