How to post the specific costs and services?
August 15, 2011 in Member Stories
This site is a fabulous idea, particularly in MA where health care is such big business and health care costs are so much higher than other states.
Following my primary care physician’s suggestion, I recently went to a local ER for a non-emergency procedure. The service was superb (the procedure took one ER doctor alone 10 minutes and the the entire visit took 40 minutes including parking!), the outcome was good and my PCP had access to the one lab test ordered.
But what about cost? I have a very highly rated insurance plan purchased through The Connector. I don’t know how much insurance paid yet but my out of pocket bill is now almost $800. I’ve asked for an itemized bill.
My question to this forum is: how should I post the actual information of this encounter. Should I be using real names for the ER? Is it ok to post the itemized bill if I don’t mind some loss of privacy? Will there be a database that I can search to see how much other patients paid for similar services?