What does your $25 co-pay really pay for?
Posted in the New Orleans Forum
#1 Nov 14, 2013
Medical Bills are always confusing. What does your $25 co-pay really pay for? Is it the 3 band-aids you used after your shots, the shots themselves, or could it be the janitor’s salary? Patients don’t always get the breakdown of exactly what they’re paying for. So how do patients know they’re paying fair and reasonable rates?
In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, The cure for the $1000 toothbrush, Tina Rosenberg delves into the wonders of insurance and tries to get to the bottom of what exactly patients are paying for and how much. Patients may see they’re only paying 50% of the industry average, but when the industry average for a toothbrush is $1000,$500 doesn’t seem like the bargain patients were looking for.
If someone asked you how much a night in the hospital costs, would you know the answer? If you said no, you’re not alone. At a conference of CEOs on controlling healthcare costs, none of the CEOs knew the current cost for one night in the hospital.
The healthcare industry is complex, and while it is impossible to understand every bill or know you’re paying 73% less than your next door neighbor, patients should shop around for reasonable prices.
Doctors Imaging prides itself on offering imaging services for less than neighboring hospitals, and what this really means for you is a $99 lung cancer screening. In a world of confusing bills and misleading breakdowns, Doctors Imaging can offer concrete and competitive prices to the New Orleans area.
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