Bad economic times are also bad times to be in the hospital...... especially with all the blunders hospitals make on their bills!
Fraudguides.com compiled the most common hospital bill mistakes:
* DUPLICATE BILLING. Getting charged for the same thing twice.
* LENGTH OF STAY. Read the bill. Did you get charged for the day of discharge? Charged for five days when you stayed for two? Check it!
* UP CODING. This is a doctor trick. They give you a lower-cost generic drug instead of the higher-cost alternative, but charge you for the expensive one.
* CANCELED WORK. Sometimes, they order a procedure, then cancel it, but bill you for it anyway.
ALWAYS ask for an itemized bill during a hospital stay, no matter how good your insurance is. For more hospital bill blunders, click here on Fraud Guides' alert: