Amount Paid V. Amount Billed: The Value Of Health Care

Law360, New York (June 12, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT) -- In August 2011, in Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions Inc., 52 Cal.4th 541 (2011), the California Supreme Court confirmed what appears fairly obvious — that the quantum of a personal injury plaintiff's medical expenses potentially recoverable in tort litigation are those amounts actually paid for the medical services, plus any amounts still owed.

But a significant block of legislators backed by the Consumer Attorneys of California are actively pushing Senate Bill 1528 in an attempt to limit, or gut, the Howell decision.

They argue that...
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