President Donald Trump called on lawmakers to come together to address one of the most frustrating and costly aspects of America’s health care system for patients — surprise medical bills.
Trump has made health care a top political issue, starting with his efforts to dismantle Obamacare, and lately has focused on high drug prices.
The President announced on Thursday that he’s sending a set of principles to Congress that aims to end patients’ responsibility for big charges when they unknowingly are treated by out-of-network doctors or hospitals, often in an emergency situation.
“In emergency care situations, patients should never have to bear the burden of out-of-network costs they didn’t agree to pay,” Trump said at press conference Thursday, standing with a family that was billed nearly $18,000 for a urine drug test that would have carried an in-network charge of just $101. “No family should be blindsided by outrageous medical bills.”