Letter: Hospitals could use a price list

Anchorage Daily NewsDecember 3, 2013 

If you ordered a cheeseburger and were required to eat it before the restaurant charged you — or even told you the price — would you eat it? What if they charged you $100 after you ate it?

Seems crazy but that’s what I ran into trying to get my blood drawn at the lab at a local hospital. There’s no menu of services with prices and they won’t tell you how much your labs will cost BEFORE they draw your blood. With the new medical plans from certain large insurance companies, the lab at the hospital will soon be the only in-network lab I can use.

People would scream in the streets if retailers did this but in health care it’s apparently just fine to screw the consumer.

— Kelsey Dodge

Anchorage

 

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