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Shopping tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures
Los Angeles Times

When Vicki Burns was told she needed total hip replacement surgery in 2012 she asked her local hospital for a cash price. She got a $79,000 estimate for the surgery.

A doctor advised her to research the fee that the hospital accepts from Medicare and use that as a starting point. Her husband gathered the data and tried to negotiate.

“They wouldn’t even talk to him about it,” she recalls.

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