Regardless of the variability involved in providing an accurate cost estimate to a patient, Piedmont realizes the importance of doing so as more people become underinsured through high deductible health plans or have no insurance at all.
If WSB-TV had not provided the CPT code, the estimate could have ranged between $4,000 and $7,000 depending on how many options the physician wanted covered. It is similar to the fact that the price of a Ford Taurus can be $26,700 or $43,085 depending on how many options are added. The complexity of price estimates increases due to the fact that people who have insurance benefit from a negotiated rate with the hospital, and each patient’s insurance situation and benefits are different. Piedmont Healthcare has financial counseling, Medicaid eligibility, payment plans, prompt pay discounts, and charity programs available to assist patients with their financial obligations.