Hospitals keep emergency room fees secret. Help change that by sharing your bill.


Hospitals keep ER fees secret. Share your bill to help change that.

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By Sarah Kliff

Each year, Americans make 141 million trips to the emergency room. In nearly all of those visits, hospitals charge patients something called a facility fee: the price for walking in the door and seeking medical service.

Facility fees can be big: As a reporter, I’ve seen charges that range from $533 up to more than $3,000. But because these fees are kept secret until you receive your bill, we can’t know how high they get — or how much they vary.

Help our reporting

We want to bring transparency to these extremely common but little-understood fees by collecting facility fee bills from our readers. Specifically, we’re looking for bills from emergency room visits in the United States over the past five years (from 2012 to 2017).

We’ll use these numbers for a year-long project focused on American health care prices. Help our reporting by sharing your bill with us. We launched this project in October 2017 and will continue reporting on the results through the end of 2018.

We take protecting your data seriously. Our database is secure and encrypted, and we won’t use your personal information without your permission. However, if you’d like, feel free to redact your bill before uploading it to block personally identifiable information, including your name, street address, Social Security number, birthdate, medical record number, patient identification number and insurance policy number.

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