This story has been getting a lot of attention, so I did some digging into SF general's financial statements. The situations described in this story are devastating, and nobody should go through them. But there is a bigger story... (1/x) https://t.co/wbBebDrkRP
In this story, several patients with private insurance were left with very large medical bills after visiting SF general. This is because SF general does not negotiate with private insurers for "in-network" prices, so private payers are stuck paying out of network prices.
If a patient has a high deductible or high out-of-pocket maximum, they may be stuck paying the balance of a hospital's full charges (which are always obscenely high)