Newswise — SEATTLE – (April 2, 2015) – Virginia Mason Health System 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 provides 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 Washington state 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.

Virginia Mason is ranked among the best and safest hospitals in the United States by Healthgrades and The Leapfrog Group.

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