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California Health Care Providers Offer Discounts for Cash Payment

Many hospitals and doctors offer cash discounts for medical bills for their patients, regardless of income. But there’s a catch: The lowest price is usually available only if the patients don’t use their health insurance.

The savings are impressive in some states. A Long Beach hospital recently charged a patient $6,707 for a CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis after colon surgery, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times.