Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2011
By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG
THAT SUSPICIOUS CHARGE on your medical bill might be a mistake--but if you let it fester, it could end up damaging your credit score.
There are no comprehensive statistics on medical-billing mistakes, but Stephen Parente, a professor of health finance at the University of Minnesota who has studied medical billing extensively, estimates that 30% to 40% of bills contain errors. The Access Project, a Boston-based health-care advocacy group, says it's closer to 80%.
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