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As Insurers Try to Limit Costs, Providers Hit Patients With More Separate Fees
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Oct. 27, 2014
"Ophthalmologists are increasingly levying separate 'refraction fees' to assess vision acuity. Orthopedic clinics impose fees to put an arm in a cast or provide a splint, in addition to the usual bill for the office visit. On maternity wards, new mothers pay for a lactation consultant.... The Affordable Care Act gives guidance on what kinds of exams must be covered at no cost as preventive services. But Clare Krusing, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, an industry group, said, 'If a provider chooses to do something beyond what's covered, there may be charges.'"

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