Thursday, July 18, 2013

What Does Your Doctor or Hospital Cost? Hard to Tell

Hospitals do not have to tell you their prices, and often they keep them secret -- until they send the bill--little transparency, failure to disclose, obstructions for patients

What Does Birth Cost? Hard to Tell - "“Every single person in government tells people, ‘Oh, you’ve got to make good choices,’ ” he said in an interview. “But patients have their hands tied. They can’t get costs and they can’t find out about quality.” If that bill were law, Therese’s problem would be solved. But for now, she needed some extra help to find out what those two hospitals were allowed to charge. So I e-mailed Donald McLeod, a Medicare spokesman, and asked for assistance. . . ." (read more at link above)

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