Insurance & Benefits

Texas Patient Hit With A $109,000 Bill Following Out-of-Network Treatment For Heart Attack

Kaiser Health Network put up a story this week that has made some noise. It’s on 44-year-old Drew Calver, a high school history teacher in Austin who, despite appearing to be in great health, suffered a heart attack last April. He was taken to St. David’s Medical Center, a hospital under HCA Healthcare-run St. David’s Healthcare, where he had emergency surgery and spent the greater part of the next four days in the cardiac unit.

St. David’s is out of network for Calver’s school-issued plan. After the insurer covered about $56,000 for the treatment and stay, Calver was hit with a bill for the balance—$108,951.31.

KHN’s story details the fight, which remains ongoing, between Aetna and St. David’s and Calver. Read the story here.

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