We’ve all heard the horror stories of how hard it is for people to find out the actual cost of medical procedures at hospitals. But it packs more of a punch when it’s coming from the HHS secretary — and especially when he’s telling his story to an audience of hospital executives.
Here’s the story Azar told yesterday during his speech to the Federation of American Hospitals:
When he had to take an echocardio stress test a few years ago, his doctor’s office sent him to a hospital, where the procedure was sure to be way more expensive than it would have been in a doctor’s office.
He asked how much it would cost, since he had a high-deductible plan. He was told the information wasn’t available. He persisted. Eventually, the answer came: $5,500.