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VIA Mental Floss – Dec 27, 2018 – Beginning in 2019, Americans will no longer need to make 30 phone calls to figure out how much it will cost to deliver a baby or get an X-ray. According to Newsweek, a new federal rule will require hospitals across the country to list their prices…
NUZZEL All U.S. Hospitals Will Now Be Required to List Their Prices Online

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Retirement from a nearly 40-year career in hospital and healthcare fund-development and community relations in 2010 did not end my association with or concern for that industry. In fact, I often share that I really did not know hospitals until I became (circa 2006) a cancer patient, now about to mark 9 years of continuous remission.

The story NUZZELED at the top of this post archives a universal concern about health care today. The issue is how best to discover the true costs, aka pricing, of hospital services, procedures, and products?

Despite the new Federal law requiring hospitals to be more transparent about pricing, we are reminded that the actual cost for any given test, procedure, or diagnostic may vary depending on the patient’s specific health insurance or Medicare plan. According to the source, “some nonprofit hospitals also factor one’s income into the equation when tallying up costs, so that should change the grand total, too. Even if it still requires a little guesswork on your part, this new transparency when it comes to health care costs is a welcome change.”

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