Benjamin Rush Foundation on Direct Pay Hospital Prices

Jan 26, 2014 by AFP

Thanks to our friends at the Benjamin Rush Foundation for this explanation of how Arizona activists can make a difference by exercising their rights and demanding price information under the health care Direct Pay price transparency reform passed in the 2013 legislative session!

For the first time, Arizona requires that hospitals, doctors, urgent care centers, and imaging centers actually tell you the ‘direct pay’ price for their most common services. All you have to do is ask!

We have all heard the horror stories about how those without insurance can receive bills for care that are far higher than what is paid by insurance companies. But, most people do not realize that for many non-urgent health care services, paying cash directly will result in a lower price. The revolutionary, and unique, piece of the new Arizona law is that the direct pay price must be available to those with or without insurance.

Getting direct pay price information, and having the information widely available can mean families save real money when they need to see a doctor after their child falls at the park.

Nationwide, over 100 million Americans get their care from a company that is ‘self-insured’—which means the company itself pays the bulk of health care costs. It is like the company has a per-employee ‘deductible’ of $25,000, $50,000, or even higher. Today, oftentimes the same patient that has the same surgeon, performing the same operation, with the same staff, and the same surgical implants but in hospitals just miles apart are paying widely different amounts. By getting better transparency in prices, over time, businesses will be able to work with employees and their families to share in the savings that will result.

We need you to start today—please call the local hospitals below and ask for the DIRECT PAY PRICES to be sent to you today—as REQUIRED UNDER ARIZONA REVISED STATUTE 36-437.

• Banner Heart – 480-854-5000
• Banner Good Sam – 602-839-2000
• Banner Gateway – 480-543-2000
• Banner Estrellla – 623-327-4000
• Banner Desert – 480-412-3000
• Banner Del Webb – 623-524-4000
• Banner Boswell – 623-832-4000
• Banner Baywood – 480-321-2000

We will not change the system overnight. And price should not be the only factor you take into account when making healthcare decisions — but, together, for the first time, the people of Arizona can begin to take back control of our healthcare.