February 20, 2015 9:05 AM
It's a terrible feeling to open a bill and find a balance that's way higher than you expected. But it's even worse when you're recovering from an illness or injury that landed you in the hospital -- something you didn't plan and now can't afford.
Health care is expensive, but it's also common to be overcharged for it. Insurance coverage gaps and billing errors also play a part in high health care costs, but the little-known practice of balance billing is all too common.
Here's how balance billing works, who's protected from the practice and what to do if you find yourself balance billed.