Price transparency is one of the most discussed topics in modern health care. Patients are increasingly asking for information about out-of-pocket costs for health care services, yet for hospitals, coming up with an answer that is understandable is not always easy. Since it can be difficult to determine exactly what treatment a person might need until tests and examinations are complete, it can be a challenge to estimate total cost to the patient. Even when it is possible for a patient to get an estimate, the complexity of the health care jargon associated with price can make the answer difficult to decipher. The Center for Health Affairs developed a Q & A to help demystify the most common questions pertaining to hospital pricing and covers topics such as commonly used pricing terminology, the reasons behind price differences and the importance of considering quality. Visit hospitalpricetransparency.com to view this Q & A.
Know what you're paying
In compliance with federal and state law, we are providing a comprehensive list of charges for each inpatient and outpatient service or item provided by a hospital, also known as a chargemaster, along with an abbreviated price list for our most common procedures. These are not helpful tools for patients to comparison shop between hospitals or to estimate what health care services are going to cost them out of their own pocket.
Get help understanding the cost of your care
For more information about the cost of your care or if you are uninsured or underinsured or cannot pay your bill in full, please call Lake Health Patient Financial Counseling at 440-602-6682.