Frauds that ail the US healthcare system

Much of what Americans accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector

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I have been circling around this conclusion for the past five years, as I've listened to patients' stories while covering healthcare as a journalist and author. Now, after a summer of firsthand experience - my husband was in a bike crash in July - it's time to call out this fact head-on. Many of the Democratic candidates are talking about practical fixes for the United States' high-priced healthcare system, and some legislated or regulated solutions to the maddening world of medical billing would be welcome.

My husband, Andrej, flew over his bicycle's handlebars when he hit a pothole at high speed in Washington. He was unconscious and lying on the pavement when I caught up with him minutes later. The result: six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken finger, a broken collarbone and a broken shoulder blade.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2019, with the headline 'Frauds that ail the US healthcare system'. Subscribe