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Alameda Health System, insurance carriers at odds
The Mercury News

As Alameda County’s public health consortium battles it out with major insurance carriers over reimbursements, many patients find themselves having to pay higher out-of-network costs.

Alameda Health System is doing what it can to keep those out-of-network charges low, said Bonnie Panlasigui, chief administrative officer for Alameda Hospital, part of the consortium.

“We definitely don’t want our patients to pay a lot in out-of-pocket. We’re charging about the same as in-network at other facilities,” she said.