Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hospitals Demanding Upfront Cash Before Treating Cancer Patients; M.D. Anderson Scandal a Warning

If you are diagnosed with cancer, better pray that M.D. Anderson and other hospitals don't lock their doors to you until you pay tens of thousands of dollars up front. In this case, a woman with leukemia managed to borrow enough to meet a demand for a $45,000 cash pre-payment; then was refused treatment at time of admitting until she came up with $60,000 more.

She had insurance. You read that right. She had insurance. It just didn't guarantee enough payment to earn treatment for the patient, who was fighting for her life.

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