August 24, 2018

A putative class of patients alleging dozens of hospitals overcharged for post-car-crash X-rays and CT scans have reached a deal that they estimate is worth $220 million in discounts on future medical bills, according to documents filed in Florida federal court Friday.

The personal injury protection, or PIP, insurance customers say that when they visited one of hospital owner HCA Holdings Inc.'s facilities after car accidents, they were charged upward of $6,000 apiece for X-rays and CT scans that allegedly should have cost somewhere from a couple hundred dollars, which is Medicaid's reimbursement rate, to a few thousand dollars, HCA's rate tier for the uninsured. In Florida, all car owners have to carry $10,000 worth of PIP insurance.

Under the proposed agreement, the class period would start when the settlement is executed and end four years later, providing discounts for an estimated tens of thousands of patients on qualifying medical expenses during those years.

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