‘Houston Resident Charged Surprise $400 ‘Facility Fee’ After Doctor Visit

HOUSTON – Unexpected, unexplained fees are driving up the cost of doctor visits for families across Houston. We are talking hundreds of dollars in charges above your co-pay. They’re called “facility fees,” and patients are told days or weeks after their appointments they have to pay up.

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” said Mindy Easterbrook.

Outrageous new charges that Easterbrook has never been charged when she takes her two children with Type 1 diabetes to see their doctor.

“They see an amazing doctor there. We absolutely love her, but we’re getting charged facility fees now by Texas Children’s Hospital on top of our regular doctor fees that we’re being billed,” said Easterbrook.

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