Congress’ Current Approach to Surprise Medical Billing Could Have Unintended Consequences


By Doug Badger
Heritage, July 10, 2019

Congress is rushing forward with legislation on “surprise medical bills” that is conceptually flawed, legally dubious, and which could have profound and far-reaching consequences for the private practice of medicine.  At issue are medical bills that consumers receive from providers who aren’t part of their health plan’s network.  Insurers want the government to compel non-network providers to accept network rates; providers want the government to force noncontracting parties into binding arbitration, which they believe will yield higher reimbursement. Instead of choosing between flawed solutions advanced by those who profit from the problem, Congress should devise market-oriented proposals that preserve the freedom to contract. Click here to read more.