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Some sex assault survivors have to pay thousands of dollars for emergency department visits

Thursday, September 15, 2022

"Survivors of sexual assault who are treated at emergency departments may be billed thousands of dollars for their care if they are uninsured, a new report finds, and even those with private health insurance have to cover some of the costs out-of-pocket.

Researchers used national data for emergency room visits and found that 16% of victims had to pay out-of-pocket for their emergency department visits in 2019, according to a research letter published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

'Survivors of sexual violence should not be forced to pay thousands of dollars for essential medical care after being assaulted,' Dr. Samuel Dickman, lead author of the letter and a physician at Planned Parenthood of Montana, said in a news release."

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