It should be pointed out, however, that patients are only exempt from paying the balance IF the provider has signed a contract with the insurance company whereby he/she agrees to accept the insurance benefit as payment in full.
Oh and Im still paying for the one night stay back in 06 and Hunterdon Medical Center for 1/2 of my thyroid being removed...the bill was $13,000....my balance $1,000......Unbelieveable....
This needs to be in BOLD letters.
Read your insurance contracts!!!!!! This generally applies to PPO's and HMO's. You are otherwise responsible for all charges your insurance does not cover.
As for anesthesiologists, and many radiologists that may provide services to you, a lot of them do not contract with any insurance companies. They are usually independent from any hospital or clinic in which they practice. So if you get a bill from them, you probably owe it. Look at your insurance contract, and call them if there is any questions, they will help you sort it out.