The hospital says you should take out a loan to pay for your ER visit? That urine test costs $17,850? I’m Shefali Luthra, a reporter at Kaiser Health News, and our newsroom is focused on helping consumers navigate the high cost of health care in t...
Hi Reddit! I’m Shefali Luthra, a journalist at Kaiser Health News. We’re a non-profit news service (no relationship to Kaiser Permanente), and we cover health care with constant attention to how it affects patient pocketbooks. Our stories are published news outlets nationwide, including The Washington Post, CNN and The New York Times. I just did a story on hospitals partnering with financial institutions, and encouraging patients to take out on-the-spot loans to pay off their medical bills. Here’s the story (inspired by Redditors!) as it ran in The Washington Post, and here’s a longer version from our website. Our newsroom does a “bill of the month” feature in partnership with NPR, taking reader medical bills and putting them under a microscope. I’m excited to take all of your questions, but I’m especially excited to discuss how the high costs of health care affect patients. Thanks for having me! • Here’s my proof • Here’s Kaiser Health News’ website, which features our most recent stories • Here’s our bill-of-the-month club landing page.
EDIT: It's been so much fun doing this -- and I know there is much more we could discuss! -- but I've got to get back to reporting and writing. Thanks all of you for your thoughtful questions, and we'll definitely be planning more AMAs from KHN in the future. Until next time!