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Questions To Ask To Help You Avoid Surprise Medical Bills

In the world of murky prices and "gotcha" medical bills, there are some things a patient can do in advance to avoid getting blindsided by the cost of care.

New Orleans Times-Picayune: Cracking The Code: 10 Questions To Find What That Medical Procedure Will Cost You
How much will that cost? People are getting used to asking this in the health care marketplace. The $10 co-pay is basically a thing of the past. With rising deductibles running into thousands of dollars a year, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it's increasingly a question to ask - before the medical procedure, not after, when the "gotcha" bill upsets us. (Pinder, 5/8)

Kansas City Star: Price Shopping For Surgery? Some Websites Can Help
High-deductible health plans like the Fogts’ are on the rise nationwide, making it all the more important for health care consumers to shop around, even for surgical procedures. Historically that’s been pretty tough, because the prices for things like biopsies have been less than transparent. But some websites are trying to provide consumers with tools to at least get an idea of what they should pay for certain procedures. (Marso, 5/8)

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