Vail Daily column: New ‘facilitie fees’ could hit patients

By Edward Stoner

There could soon be a new medical fee. Would you be upset with an increase in your medical out-of-pocket costs? Across the county, there is a new fee we may find we are being charged in addition to our doctor’s bill. This new fee is called a “facility fee.” A facility fee is charged for services given in a hospital-based outpatient clinic or location. With the proliferation of hospitals buying medical practices and the consolidation of hospitals, patients are getting hit with exorbitant added costs. In addition to the “facility fee”, here is a list of health insurance terms many …

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