Connecticut hospitals bill more than $1B in facility fees

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Facility fees have become popular among hospitals for covering their operating costs. (Wavebreakmedia)

Patients at health systems around the U.S. are increasingly being charged facility fees for outpatient services at facilities owned by those hospitals.

The additional bills—which can turn into hundreds of dollars in surprise medical costs for patients  — added up to $1 billion across Connecticut hospitals in just two years, a new investigative report produced by the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT) found.

“It’s a trap for the unwary,” Ted Doolittle, head of Connecticut's Office of Healthcare Advocate said in the report.

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