SALEM, OR -- A bill being considered in the state senate hopes to make hospital costs more transparent. Senate Bill 900 would require the Oregon Health Authority to create a website with healthcare prices for different inpatient and outpatient services.
Phillip Schmidt is with the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "Hospitals hear loud and clear from patients , they want to understand what a certain procedure will cost them before treatment. It's a complicated world, so this is an attempt to make the information easily available and relevant." The website would give a typical cost of certain procedures, but wouldn't show what a particular person's insurance would cover.
The bill would also have the Oreogn Health Leadership Council work with patients with insurance to understand what their out of pocket expenses will be. State Senator Tim Knopp of Bend is a co-sponsor of this bill.