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Shop For Healthcare

July 10, 2011
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It is becoming easier to shop for surgical procedures. State laws, pressure from the insurance industry and web sites have made it possible to compare prices.

Web sites, such as Pricedoc.com show price quotes on annual exams and some elective procedures. Thirty states make hospitals disclose some prices.

Review the information carefully. Sometimes only average prices are shown. Sometimes the full costs, including anesthesiologists, are not shown.

Help is on the way. Advocacy groups, such as Patient Care, check prices in different communities. More information on shopping for health services is coming in the future.

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