Health center sues insurance company over unpaid bunion surgery and other services
Crain’s Chicago Business recently reported that the Oak Brook Surgical Centre in Illinois is filing suit against Connecticut-based insurance company Aetna over and alleged $3.4 million in unpaid medical bills, for procedures ranging from bunion surgery to liposuction.
The news source reported that the unpaid claims accumulated between 2005 and 2010, during which time the medical center alleges that Aetna paid just $341,000 of the $3.8 million it owed.
Additionally, it appears as though these cases have become more common in light of rising healthcare costs, according to Crain’s. The price hikes of many medical procedures have practices, hospitals and insurance companies scrutinizing each payment.
The Healthcare Blue Book estimates that bunion surgery costs about $3,756 on average. Due to the risks and expenses involved in the operation, it’s generally recommended that individuals try conservative methods of bunion correction, which include using bunion splints and orthotics on a regular basis.