Insights & Analysis

Hospitals have to post pricing lists online, but here’s the fine print

One pediatrician artfully said on Twitter: “Posting lengthy Excel sheets of prices that don’t represent actual billed amounts or what patients pay isn’t really being .”

By Craig Johnson | 

Before you get too excited, don’t expect “gotcha” pricing to be a thing of the past just yet: A reading of the fine print of the new law stipulates that all the hospital’s “standard” charges should be posted on the internet. That means all a medical facility has to do is make the case — which likely won’t be challenged — that it is administering care that is above and beyond “standard” to get away with charging you exorbitant prices.




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