Dark567 wrote:lutzj wrote:Part of the problem is that that $100 cost to the insurer comes as the result of heavy negotiation that brought the sticker price down from $150. Maybe what we really need is a law requiring providers to charge private and commercial buyers the same amount. (Of course, that would be irrelevant if we start forcing everyone to buy insurance anyway.
But that's generally not what we see at all, providers routinely charge lower amounts to private persons than insurance companies.
This is flat out-wrong.
A root canal on a bicuspid or premolar tooth (mid-mouth) can cost $400 -$1,800 or more, but typically is about $900 -$1,100. CostHelper readers without insurance report paying $600 -$1,550, or an average cost of $957. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $290 -$375, or an average cost of $333.
there are plenty more examples out there, this one took me only a few seconds to find.