Article referred by David Wendel
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has a new website that provides cost information on more than 200 of the most common medical procedures, including many tests, surgeries and office visits.
The site provides both the average amount billed for the service and the average insurance payment by ZIP code.
Consumers can use the site to search for a procedure by ZIP code. For procedures that involve multiple bills, like a surgery, the search results will provide a total cost. The total can be broken down by the costs for the facility, surgeon, and anesthesia. Consumers can use the information as a comparison tool when asking doctors and facilities about their charges for a procedure. The site includes in-network and out-of-network cost information.