Handshake In so-calledbaseball-style arbitration, each side submits a price, and anarbiter chooses one. Both sides are bound by the decision. (Photo:Shutterstock)

In most markets, when a buyer and a seller can't settle on aprice, they walk away. Medicine is different.

Doctors and insurance companies often sort out who owes whatonly after a patient has been treated, especially in emergencies. When they disagree, patients canend up with unexpected bills they can't pay.

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