Help Guide for Costs, Prices and Affordable Health Insurance
The Cost section of Consumer Health Ratings provides links that help you compare prices for health care services, procedures, prescription drugs and health insurance plans. Click on COMPARE cost if you want price information at specific hospitals, pharmacies, nursing facilities or health plans. Click on LEARN MORE if you want to learn about a typical approximate average cost for surgery, dental visits, health care services, or health insurance.
Analysis by the American Hospital Association shows that Medicare and Medicaid under-pay the true cost of hospital care by about $51 billion. This cost ends up being borne by other payors and commercial insurance. Using 2014 data, it is estimated Medicare pays 89 cents on the dollar, and Medicaid pays 90. January 2016 report