Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Hospitals make comparison shopping impossible

Hospitals make comparison shopping impossible: "The Tribune found out the hard way how excruciating it is to comparison shop for medical care. When a reporter asked six hospitals to report what a consumer with a high-deductible plan would pay for a colonoscopy, a knee replacement, a routine birth and four other common procedures, the institutions refused."
( Maybe US hospitals are ashamed of how much they overcharge ! ) All clinics and hospitals should have a published list of their standard charges. If they choose to offer a discount to health insurance plans, they can do so - but patients have a right to know how much the "standard" fees are going to be !

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