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Virginia Mason Posts Price Estimates for 100 Medical Procedures
SEATTLE – (March 27, 2015) – Virginia Mason has posted on its website the estimated prices for its 100 most common outpatient surgical procedures. Here is the link to the list of procedures and estimated prices.
“This reflects our commitment to transparency and to providing information that helps individuals make informed choices about their health care,” said Steve Schaefer, vice president, Finance.
Additionally, Virginia Mason will provide individuals a written estimate of their out-of-pocket expenses for scheduled or planned inpatient and outpatient medical procedures. This service, the Patient Cost Estimator, is available to everyone free of charge via phone, web and in person. Learn more about the Virginia Mason Patient Cost Estimator.
“Changes in health insurance plans often mean individuals are paying higher out-of-pocket costs for health care services,” Schaefer said. “Understandably, they are looking ever more closely at cost and quality, and weighing those factors in their decision-making.”
The recent Washington Health Alliance report on hospital sticker price variation identifies Virginia Mason as the lowest-priced hospital by each admission type in the Seattle market. Also, Virginia Mason is 25 percent lower in price than the statewide average. For example, the statewide average price for a knee or hip replacement is $56,000. At Virginia Mason, the price is 30 percent less at $39,000. Read the complete report.
Not only is Virginia Mason the most affordable hospital in Seattle, it is ranked as one of the best and safest hospitals for patient care in the United States by independent organizations such as Healthgrades and The Leapfrog Group.
About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs about 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety.
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