FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - People can now check what every hospital charges in the country.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now requires hospitals to post charges to their websites so people can make better healthcare decisions.
The problem is the price listed on websites is the sticker price, not what patients are expected to pay.
"Their insurer has already negotiated rates that are in most cases far below what those charges, or the sticker price, is," said Brian Tabor, Indiana Hospital Association president.
Tabor said the new federal requirement, while having good intentions, might be even more confusing patients and should be used as a starting point.
"It maybe something that is improved on over time. We will see. We have some ideas how the federal government might make that information more useful," he told FOX 55.
The IHA compiled the price of every hospital in the state back in 2015 on its website mycareinsight.org.
Tabor said it better represents what you can expect to pay, and helps compare the quality of care at each hospital.
"You could look for example and see Hospital A looks more expensive for a certain procedure than Hospital B, but your insurer may have negotiated rates that make the opposite true," said Tabor.
He added the best way to find out how much a procedure will cost is by contacting the hospital or your insurance company.
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