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Out-of-network costs up as insurers tie payment to Medicare
USA Today

When Sharon Smith chose an out-of-network specialist to perform a complicated jaw surgery on her teenage son last May, she knew it would cost her more. But she was not expecting $15,000. Consumers have long complained about the cost of going outside their health plan’s network, but Smith encountered a new twist: A growing number of insurers have changed the way they calculate reimbursements to shift more of the expense to patients.