Iowa Hospital Charges Compare allows health care consumers to access basic information about services and charges at Iowa hospitals. Information provided on the website is based on hospital "charges."
A hospital "charge" is not the same as "expected payment." "Charge" is the amount billed for a service. In the vast majority of cases, hospitals are paid considerably less than the billed amount. Because each person's medical condition is unique, a given patient's charge will no necessarily be the same as the average or median charge. Furthermore, the actual amount paid by a patient will depend on that patient's insurance coverage.
Iowa Hospital Charges Compare should be considered a starting point for comparing costs of care between Iowa hospitals. Patients should contact individual hospitals to get further details about the possible cost of their care. Beginning in March 2019, Shenandoah Medical Center will be able to provide an estimate for services rendered in the hospital setting. Patients should also talk with their insurance provider to understand which costs will be covered, and which will be the patient's responsibility.
Visit Iowahospitalcharges.com for more information.