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Hey, I’m Marshall Allen. I’ve spent more than fifteen years investigating the health care industry as a journalist, exposing the insidious ways the system preys on vulnerable Americans: price gouging, sloppy billing, fraud, insurance denials, unnecessary treatment and more.


I wish I could say I’ve seen it all, but I haven’t. 


It sours me when I hear about people getting beaten down by the system. 


It’s become my personal mission to help individuals and employers understand the health care system and show how they can overcome the bullying and win.


People who push back are getting great health care at a much lower cost. I love highlighting real-life examples of these victories so everyone can see how it's done.


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What People Say

Marshall Allen is

one of the most influential and insightful journalists
of our era.

Never Pay The First Bill is a road map on how everyone can
get a better deal
on health care.

Dr. Marty Makary

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,

Best-selling Author of The Price We Pay

Marshall Allen tells it

like it is in health care.

He is competent, unbiased and his advice is accurate. If there was ever a practical guide that people could act on TODAY, it’s

Never Pay the First Bill.

Dr. Eric Bricker

Co-Founder of Compass Professional Health Services,
Chief Medical Officer of

In Never Pay the First Bill

Marshall Allen educates David on how to hurl stones at the healthcare system's Goliaths and defeat them. Rather than being powerless, Allen points out the advantages patients and employers have to triumph. Fighting back isn't easy, but it's better than being abused. Readers will never again be taken advantage of by the rigged medical system.

Dr. Robert Pearl

Former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, Author of Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients


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