Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Online Tool Lets St. Clair Hospital Patients Get Estimates on Expenses

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Online Tool Lets St. Clair Hospital Patients Get Estimates on Expenses

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Figuring out how much hospital services will cost before being admitted just got a whole lot easier at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, where - starting today - patients have an online calculator to estimate out-of-pocket costs.

St. Clair is the first hospital in the region to introduce the cost estimator, which determines deductibles, co-pays and co- insurance costs for 105 of the most common tests and medical procedures based on the patient's health insurance plan. Not included are physician costs, but St. Clair says it is working to add that feature.

"This is not a cost range," said chief financial officer Richard Chesnos. "This is the actual contracted rate with the insurer.

"Patients have been asking us for it. …

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