Here, for example, are the prices for evaluating chest pain in Los Angeles.
- Hospital “chargemaster, $2844
- Cash, $695
- UnitedHealth, $1990·
- Blue Cross, $617
- Aetna, $520
- Cigna, $341-$362
- Medicare, $335
But the hunt for better prices will not tell you much about quality – comparative outcomes for the buck. That’s another kettle of fish.