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.