Discounts For The Uninsured

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Uninsured patients would get the same discounts that insured patients get, under a proposal the Wisconsin Hospital Association has introduced to its member hospitals.

The recommendation comes two years after the state's then-Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager filed complaints against two hospitals. The complaints alleged that Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Saint Joseph and the Wisconsin Heart Hospital charged uninsured patients more.

Wheaton Franciscan and three other health care systems have since reached agreements with the state to provide uninsured patients discounts of around 45 percent.

George Quinn is the Hospital Association's executive vice president. He says the recommendation will help hospitals make their billing and collection policies more transparent.

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