Consumer Health Care Cost Information
There are many options when it comes to where you receive medical treatment. You have a right to know those options and how much it will cost at different providers. Here is a list of websites where you can get answers:
Clearhealth Clearhealthcosts.com is joining a rapidly growing ecosystem of web-based resources concerned with the price and cost of health care. Here are some public and private sources. The public databases, especially the federal ones, can be daunting, but there’s a lot of information here
FairHealth A national not-for-profit that was born when an investigation revealed that insurers were under-reimbursing New York State customers because the database of rates they were using was itself created by an insurer. This is an independent resource that lets you calculate, based on your location, plan, and condition, how much a procedure is likely to cost you.
HealthCareBlueBook: A consumer guide to the prices insurance companies pay for medical procedures. Gives what it calls “a fair price” for various procedures. Site says: “It represents a payment amount that many high-quality providers accept from insurance companies as payment in full, and it is usually less than the stated ‘billed charges’ amount.” We have found provider prices considerably lower than what this site lists.
NewChoiceHealth A comparison-shopping marketplace with information about costs for common procedures. Their listed prices seem high by the standards we’ve found. You can also ask for a quote, and they have featured providers whose prices are lower than the list prices
Compare Pharmacy Prices One way to save money on prescription drug purchases is to compare pricing from one pharmacy to another.