DENVER — Have you ever walked into a hospital and wondered what kind of bill you would find in your mailbox a few days later? Now, you’ll have a clearer idea.
Starting on Jan. 1, hospitals will be required to post prices for their services. It will read like a menu of medical options: Procedure, price.
Denver Health recently published the estimated prices for its services on its website .
Services range from a C-section, which costs more than $12,000, to treating chronic kidney disease, which costs almost $4,000, to removing tonsils, which comes with a price tag of about $2,500.
A list of procedures and services, and their estimated prices, can be found here .
If the service you’re interested in is not listed online, you can call the hospital’s financial counseling department at 303-602-3470 .
While this transparency helps shed light on what a patient can expect to pay, it doesn’t take insurance, co-pays or deductibles into account.
According to a
previous Denver7 article
, Kevin Flynn with Health Advocates that he recommends calling your insurance company before having a procedure to learn about a more exact price.