Updated: 04/28/2014 10:52 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 11:13 AM KSTP.com
By: Naomi Pescovitz
The following statements were provided upon KSTP's request for information about the cost of childbirth.
"Our primary goals are healthy moms and babies, positive patient experiences and affordability.
We are working to reduce costs through quality initiatives such as reducing C-sections and preventing errors.
People can call us for estimates and additional advice on determining their costs based on their individual situations.
We know patients want more predictability in pricing, and that's the direction in which Allina Health is headed."
"Our billing is set up to comply with insurance company requirements for billing and payment. Often times that aggregates some of the services. A patient is always able to ask for, and receive, an itemized bill from HealthEast. That itemized bill relates to charges, and not what the insurance company pays - or what the patient might owe," Aaron Bloomquist, Vice President, HealthEast Payer & Network Strategy.
Northfield Hospital & Clinics:
"In our experience, most patients have not required an itemized statement. We do provide them when they are requested."
"Our base prices have increased modestly year-to-year primarily to cover inflationary costs for people and supplies.
Except for a small percentage of our patients who pay out-of-pocket, the effective cost to our patients is dictated by their insurance coverage. Depending on the coverage, our base charges will be discounted between 32 and 74 percent. Of course, a patient's co-pay varies depending on the type of coverage they have purchased.
The money we receive for our services helps to cover the cost of labor, physicians, supplies, physicians' malpractice insurance, overhead costs and capital needs.
We have also noticed an increase in our bad debts in 2013 and 2014 and attribute that, in part, to patients with high deductible insurance plans not being able to pay their balance."
Ridgeview Medical Center:
"Patients should check with their insurance company for how much they will have to pay. Each insurance company negotiates different rates it pays each hospital."
"The charges listed on the mnhospitalpricecheck.org site are 'charges.' These are not the final rates that a patient would pay. What a patient pays depends on his/her insurance company. These are not charges as what people can expect to pay."
"If someone without insurance is having a baby, we would work to enroll that person in the new MNsure health exchange, MinnesotaCare or Medicaid if they are eligible for a public program. Those rates would also vary depending in which program the woman gets enrolled."