Upfront collections may scare patients away from care

More acute care facilities ask patients to prepay prior to undergoing medical procedures or before they're discharged, CNN Money reported. The change in tack is primarily because of cost-shifting to patients who bear larger shares of their medical bills. If the patients can't settle the bill at the time of services, some hospitals may float financing. But hospital administrators admit the cost burdens may scare some patients away from care. Read the full article at FierceHealthFinance