How to use Health care Blue Book on Angie’s List

How to use Health care Blue Book on Angie’s List

Log in to AngiesList.com. Click the “Angie’s List Health” tab, located at the top of the home page.

Scroll down to the Health care Blue Book search field. Type in the name of the medical procedure you want pricing information on, for example “hip replacement,” and click “Search Prices.” The screen will display results containing one or both of the keywords.

From the results displayed, select the correct procedure, for example, “Total Hip Replacement.”

From there, you can view a breakdown of the fees for physicians’ services, hospitalization and anesthesia. In addition to seeing the pricing, you’ll get information on why the service costs what it does, approximate length of the procedure if surgery is involved, as well as cost saving and negotiating tips.

You can also print a price estimate agreement that details the acceptable price for cash-paying patients, in which the provider agrees to charge that fee in return for you paying at the time of service or within an agreed-to period.


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