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Shop Around for Health Care

Last updated February 28, 2020

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If you’re buying a pair of headphones or a TV, you probably search to find the retailer with the lowest price so you know where to go to get the best deal. Price comparison shopping is something you already do—so why not do it with the health care services you need?

Unless you’re in an emergency situation, where you should receive care at the closest health care facility, you should shop around and compare the price quotes you receive before scheduling a service or procedure.

How Can I Find Out Pricing Information?

Just like how you would need to do the research to find the best price on a TV, you’ll need to research the pricing information on various health procedures or services.

One way to find out how much a procedure may cost is to call local facilities and speak to a billing professional to obtain a quote. Other ways that you can review prices include:

  • Searching a hospital’s website for a list of their typical charges
  • Using a third-party website like New Choice Health
  • Visit Florida Blue’s My Health Toolkit Provider Search
    • Enter the first 3 letters of our plan’s network, which is KYY and click or tap continue
    • You’ll be prompted to enter the location you want to find a provider in and click or tap continue
    • Now just search for the people, places, services, or treatments you’re looking for and reach out to the providers in your plan’s network about their typical charges

Considerations to Keep in Mind

When you’re shopping around for health care, you need to remember that the information you gather is a quote, and the actual cost you end up paying may vary slightly. Be sure to look for information on provider charges, contracted pricing and maximum allowable payments to become as knowledgeable as possible about the potential costs you’ll incur.

What’s Next?

Next time you find yourself needing health care services that aren’t life-threatening, take a step back and take a few minutes to do some research to find the best price. Doing so will help you make the wisest decision for your health and for your wallet.

Brooks Benefits Team

This post was written by a member of the Brooks Rehabilitation Benefits Team. Have a question about your benefits? Email us at brooks.benefits@brooksrehab.org or give us a call at (904) 345-7300.