Negotiations between hospitals, providers, and insurance companies complicate the pathway between a treatment’s listed price and what shows up on a patient’s bill.
Unless a patient understands how their specific treatment and provider interact with their insurance company, there’s no way to know what their final bill could look like. “In other words, what you are charged and what you pay often have little bearing on one another,” writes Gorke.
And, when their needs extend beyond the walls of a clinic, highly coordinated care by dedicated care teams ensures that they receive high-quality, low-cost care. With an on-site clinic, employers and patients get the benefit of fixed healthcare costs that are truly transparent.