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SF General sees light after public pressure, revises system that produced big bills
San Francisco Chronicle

San Franciscans, rest easy. If you’re hit by a car, shot, fall off a roof or suffer any other major injury, you can now receive top-notch medical care at the city’s only trauma center without risking bankruptcy.

After months of intense media coverage of its unfair billing system, San Francisco General Hospital officials on Tuesday announced major changes aimed at protecting patients’ financial health as well as their physical well-being.

Patients will no longer be “balance billed” for the difference between what the hospital charges and what their insurance companies will pay. That system resulted in huge bills for hundreds of privately insured patients each year.