It’s long been hard for health-care consumers to learn how much doctor visits or hospital stays will cost them. That’s now beginning to change, as a growing array of Web sites try to lift the veil on pricing.

The mystery surrounding health-care pricing stems partly from the fact that hospitals and other providers generally don’t publicize how much they’re paid for services, which varies depending on who’s footing the bill. Insurers, which often contract to receive lower prices for their customers, also have traditionally not revealed these negotiated amounts.

But soaring health-care costs have made consumers more conscious of price. Even consumers with health insurance increasingly find that they have a stake in the cost of their care because they’re paying a far bigger share out of their own pockets. For instance, more than half of workers pay a percentage of the price of outpatient surgery and hospital admissions, rather than just flat copayments.

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The DIS patient financial services department provides answers to imaging exam prices and insurance benefits verification.  For those without insurance coverage, we offer DI$ELFPAY, a program of large discounts on all our exams.  Call 504-459-3220 to have one of our experienced representatives assist you.

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