Dec. 17, 2021

How to Fight an Unfair Medical Bill

How to Fight an Unfair Medical Bill

Have you received an unfair medical bill? You’re not alone. Many patients have faced high bills that are simply incorrect, or even predatory. But let’s face it, even understanding complex and confusing bills is a huge challenge. Patients Rising wants to arm you with how to fight back on this week’s episode.

Investigative journalist Marshall Allen has worked with patients for years. He’s dug into their medical bills to understand the ins and outs of medical billing. He shares his tips to empower patients to fight back against unfair charges.

And hear from a patient about her own medical bill drama: DeeAnn Dean’s husband, Jason, received a bill for over $6,000 for just six stitches, leading her to delay her own medical care out of fear they’d receive another astronomical tab. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent, Patients Rising


Marshall Allen, author, Don’t Pay the First Bill

DeeAnn Dean

Morgan Fitzgerald, Patient Correspondent


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The ER charged him $6,589.77 for 6 stitches, a cost that led his wife to avoid the ER

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