How the scam works:
(with video below) Beware of the Hospital Lien Scam making thousands of victims in the United States, exposed with a video here. It makes you pay 3-4 times more for your hospital bill after a personal injury claim. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Hospital Lien scam exposed:
Let’s say you are injured in a car wreck and are taken by ambulance to a hospital. You give your insurance card, think everything is taken care of, only to realize later that a lien has been filed against you, called the Hospital Lien. It means that your bill has not been paid but rather it’s been submitted as a lien which is going to attach to your personal injury case.
For example, in Texas, the minimum requirement for insurance is $30,000. If you have a $30,000 medical bill and have a hospital lien on your case, the hospital would get all of the money under that circumstance. Needless to say, hospitals are refusing to file on people’s health insurance because they want to charge full retail by filing a hospital lien as opposed to getting paid whatever the negotiated contract rate is.
This lien means that consumers not only are unfortunate enough to be in a car wreck but now they are about to pay way more than a regular price, even if they are responsible enough to carry health insurance. They’re going to have to pay full retail for a bill that they should not have to pay.
So the question is: why wouldn’t hospitals just simply submit their invoice until the health insurance or Medicare? The hospitals do not have to submit the bill to health insurance or Medicare or Medicaid because the law allows them to elect to file a hospital lien and try to attach themselves to your lawsuit. The reason they want to do that is so that they can full retail price as opposed to having to take the discounted rate that was negotiated with the health insurance company, meaning very low rates of reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid.
Victims just don’t know any better because they’re not represented by hospital lien lawyers or attorneys in the first place. They may end up getting a check issued by the other driver’s insurance company that will have their name on it and the hospital’s name on it. That basically means they have to sign their check over to the hospital, and they shouldn’t have to do that.
Easy to see here is that the victim is the actual successful plaintiff in the personal injury claim. In the case where the hospital by passes that and files the hospital lien directly on the personal injury claimant’s case, they’re seeking a hundred percent retail– so if you didn’t get a lawyer and didn’t fight it you would be paying on average four times what you should pay for the hospital bill.
How to avoid the Hospital Lien scam:
If the hospital tells you they are not going to bill your insurance was just going to file a lien you need to get a lawyer or an attorney that is specialized in hospital liens. No one should pay full retail for their medical. Lawyers are not cheap, but at least they could save you some money from the hospital. Just make sure you do your research on all attorneys available. Look for reviews, ask on social media for references, and use the Internet to find previous similar cases.
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1 thought on “The Hospital Lien Scam Makes You Pay Four Times More For Your Medical Bill After A Personal Injury Claim”
Your story is not entirely true. First, Government Entitlement Programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, require that they are the payer of last resort. The healthcare provider is compelled to pursue a claim against the liable third party. The liens are, generally, not against the patient, but rather perfected against the tortfeasor. Many states have hospital lien statutes that provide for a greater level of reimbursement to offset the effect of EMTALA (EMTALA is a federal law that requires hospital emergency departments to medically screen every patient who seeks emergency care and to stabilize or transfer those with medical emergencies, regardless of health insurance status or ability to pay — this law has been an unfunded mandate since it was enacted in 1986) Please research and review with these new facts. Thank you