Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: October 8, 2007
Sen. Jim Wilson
Senator Seeking People to Testify on Hospital
Billing and Collection Practices for Interim Study
Patients have the right to know what they are paying when hospitals
and other health care providers deliver services. This, according
to State Senator Jim Wilson, is currently not clear. Therefore,
he has requested an interim study to research the health care industry's
billing and collection practices.
"Bills from health care facilities usually are difficult to
understand. They are confusing both in the type of service provided
and in the cost of that service," said Wilson, the democratic
Senator from Tahlequah. "Many times patients have little or
no idea what they're paying or what other patients are being charged
for the same service."
"People don't know if one provider costs more than another.
They don't understand why their insurance denies payment for a service.
It also appears that the uninsured are being asked to pay more than
the insured - which doesn't make sense," Wilson continued.
Wilson says that the Legislature needs a better understanding of
the process in order to identify solutions to these problems and
frustrations. As a Legislator, he is looking forward to working
with both consumers and the health care industry to address these
Wilson's study will be implemented by the Senate Health and Human
Resources committee. The Committee is seeking people to testify
about their experiences with medical billing and collection practices.
"We invite both uninsured and insured people to talk with us,"
said Wilson. "We especially want to hear from folks who feel
that they have had excessive billing or aggressive collection experiences."
"We need to find a way to cut through the differences in pricing
among medical providers. We need parity. Patients need to understand
that they're paying the same thing that their neighbors pay when
they receive the same service," said Wilson.
The starting date for the study has not been determined, but will
be announced after the committee has set its agenda.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Wilson's Office: (405) 521-5574