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Pass-Through Billing

Something called “pass-through billing” is driving up the cost of your health care. Learn about what it is and how you can help. Listen to the important message above from BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy to learn about something called “pass-through billing” that is affecting the price you pay for health care.

For more information about the cost of health care and other important topics, check out our podcast and video blog series, Blue Promise, hosted by Dr. McCoy. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud.

Show Transcript

Every day we hear more about the rising cost of healthcare.

There are a lot of reasons why it’s expensive and some of it is justified.

But some of it is not.

Unfortunately, there are people out there who try to take advantage of the system.

One way they do that is with pass-through billing.

That’s when a doctor or a hospital bills your insurance company for a service it didn’t actually perform. 

Instead, a different doctor or hospital performed the service.

The first hospital passes off the services of the second as its own, so they can charge higher rates.

It’s wrong.…and we all pay for it.

Fortunately, you can help.

Review your Explanation of Benefits or any bill from a doctor or hospital carefully.  And call your insurer if you see charges that you do not recognize.

I’m Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

For more information about controlling the cost of healthcare, visit bcbstx.com/bluepromise.  

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