Medical bill The lawsuit also takes aim at the lack of transparency in Centura Health’s pricing, which attorneys allege is not accessible to the patient. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Though the consumer-driven health care movement is not progressing as much as employers and health care providers would like, there is still some progress being made. Case in point: a Colorado man is taking a stand against surprise billing practices.

The man, Franklin Walter, is accusing Centura Health of not providing out-of-pocket cost estimates prior to non-emergency procedures, and is asking for $5 million on behalf of all patients similarly affected since 2017. Following his own knee replacement procedure in April 2019, Walter received a bill for $1,216, a cost he believes should have been disclosed as part of the contract he signed with the health care system when he agreed to treatment.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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