Understanding Hospital Bills

Washington State's hospitals want to help patients become informed health care consumers.  A part of that is helping patients understand their hospital bill.

Hospital billing is complicated.  Hospital billing offices are available to assist patients in understanding their bills. 

Patients also have a role to play if the system is to operate simply and efficiently.  When asked, patients should be sure to give hospitals the correct insurance information.  Patients should also respond promptly to requests for additional information, either from the hospital or from their insurance plan.

Click here for answers to some of the most common questions about hospital bills.

WSHA has produced a brochure containing this information for hospitals to give to their patients.  If you are staff of a WSHA member hospital and wish to order free copies of the brochure, go to the WSHA online bookstore.

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