Right now, your health insurance likely has a deductible associated with it - that's the part you pay out of pocket if you see the doctor for anything other than preventative care - the bill you get if you go in for a sprained wrist, sinus infection, MRI, etc.
The whole point of deductibles was to get people engaged in their care - and it has - but how are we supposed to make decisions when every doctor and hospital has a secret, negotiated set of fees that the insurance carrier agrees to - but we, the insured, don't get to see?
As a direct result, you can't tell if your MRI is going to cost $500 or $1300, and you can't decide ahead of time that you'd like to have the $500 version, thank-you-very much.
(Imagine going to a grocery store in one neighborhood that sold your favorite soda for $5 a six pack, then realizing that XYZ Soda company agreed to sell it in a different neighborhood for $2.50. That happens all the time now, however the PRICE TAG allows you to see it and make a decision. With health care, you don't find out until your card is swiped what your bill for the day will be - and that's not fair!)
Please sign this petition to demand some transparency, so you can make educated decisions about the care you need!
- Federal Government
We the insured can't make decisions about our care if we don't know what the costs are. We want insurance companies to disclose the fees, by doctor, hospital and practice, for medical treatments.
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