Episode # 124 – Marshall Allen is Back! His Outstanding Healthcare Reporting at ProPublica Led Him to Write “Never Pay the First Bill”. Here are His Tips on How to Take Control.

In this episode Ron welcomes healthcare journalist Marshall Allen back on the show. Here Marshall discusses his new book “Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win”. He does a deep dive into the many issues he has uncovered in his 15 years of investigating the healthcare industry. He offers patients a plan for fighting against the predatory billing practices found in the American healthcare system. This includes solutions such as: analyzing and contesting bills, obtaining pricing in advance, getting an appropriate treatment clause before singing financial documents, advice for small claims court, and more.


Marshall Allen Is a journalist who investigates why we pay so much for health care in the United States and get so little in return. He is the author of “Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win.” He is also the founder of Allen Health Academy, which produces a curriculum of short on-demand videos to equip and empower employees to navigate the health care system. Marshall has investigated the health care industry for 15 years, including a decade at ProPublica. And he’s spent a decade as an educator at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. His work has been honored with many journalism awards, including some of the top business reporting honors, the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and twice as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a master’s degree in Theology. For more info, go to marshallallen.com.

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