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Americans have been battling surprise coronavirus bills for nearly as long as they’ve been fighting the disease itself.
I know this because I’m a reporter who has been writing articles about those bills since mid-February. My first focused on an American man and his 3-year-old daughter who faced more than $3,900 in bills for care received during a government-mandated quarantine.
Since then, my colleagues and I have written about $2,315 coronavirus tests and $401,886 bills for treatment. We’ve discovered that the price of a coronavirus test can vary by 2,700 percent within the same emergency room.
We want to tell more of these stories — and to do that, we need your help. As we explore how the pandemic is reshaping health care in the United States, we invite you to show us what you’re being charged for testing and treatment of Covid-19, and other medical costs that you have incurred related to it.
I’ve run similar projects that have inspired legislation and demystified American medical billing. Because health care providers keep their prices secret, your bills play a critical role in helping us understand how Americans are grappling with medical costs during the pandemic.
We’re also interested in hearing about how your access to care has changed. For instance, has it become harder to get an in-person appointment with your doctor? Or have you seen a provider who has imposed additional fees because of the pandemic? We welcome submissions from readers who haven’t had Covid-19 but have seen changes to their doctor’s offices, hospitals or other providers.
If you’re a health provider, how, if at all, have you changed things? We want to hear from you, too. Please share your story here.
In addition to drawing on your experiences to inform my stories, we hope to connect with you later, possibly with email updates or online gatherings, to talk about how the coronavirus is changing health care.
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