August 27th, 2009

Medical price shopping hits Web

By Kelley Luckstein

Need a colonoscopy? That'll be $1,354 at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester -- or just $402 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

 

For the first time in the nation, a Web tool is offering health care shoppers a glimpse into what insurance companies pay on average for 103 common medical procedures, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Wednesday.

 

The 110 providers included in the comparison tool provide about 85 percent of the primary care in Minnesota. More providers and procedures are expected to be added.

 

The tool was developed by MN Community Measurement, a collaborative of state health care providers that collected the data from insurance companies. The payment information supplements quality data already available on the collaborative's website, mnhealthscores.org.

The tool shows wide disparities in prices, officials noted, although the new system was a bit slow and balky Wednesday, and some comparisons were not coming up online.

 

Vaginal child delivery: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, $3,821; Silver Lake Clinic, St. Anthony, $2,203.

 

Star Tribune by Warren Wolfe, 08/26/09

 

 

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