Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cost of Care St. Clair Memorial Pioneers a Key Patient Option

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cost of Care St. Clair Memorial Pioneers a Key Patient Option

Article excerpt

Hospitals and other medical providers make a big deal these days of telling Americans to take charge of their health care. But how can anybody take charge if they don't know what it will cost?

St. Clair Memorial Hospital, one of the remaining independents in the Pittsburgh region, is doing something about that.

As of Monday, patients could go to www.stclair.org and, with the help of an online calculator, learn what their projected out-of- pocket costs would be for hospital treatment, based on their specific insurance coverage, deductibles and copays. Now if only other hospitals in the area did the same, customers could do actual price comparisons. Talk about taking charge.

The Mt. Lebanon hospital's online feature will deliver estimates for 105 common tests and procedures, everything from blood tests to X-rays to surgeries. …

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