“The steps that we’re taking help both patients that have insurance but also helps patients who do not have insurance,” Levine said at a Monday press conference held at Ballad Health’s corporate office. “I think if you go around the country, you could probably count on one hand — if any — the number of health systems who’ve actually reduced their pricing.”
In September 2019, Ballad announced an average 17% price reduction for all physician practices and urgent care and increased the discount for people who are uninsured to 77%.
Ballad will now increase discounts for uninsured patients at all Ballad physician practices, urgent cares, diagnostics and hospitals to 85%. New steps now also include assisting patients with insurance who have incomes up to 450% of the federal poverty level and high deductibles and copays.
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