Want to Know Healthcare Costs in Advance? New Tools Take a Crack at It

As of Jan. 1, health insurers and employers that offer health plans must provide online calculators for patients to get detailed estimates of what they will owe for a range of services and drugs.

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New cost-estimator tools could be useful for the increasing number of people with high-deductible health plans who pay directly out-of-pocket for much of their healthcare before they hit their deductible. During that period, some may save substantially by shopping around. Those deductibles add "pressure on consumers to shop on price," said Brueggeman, at Guidehouse. Read the full Kaiser Health News story.

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