The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced that every Oregon hospital can provide a cost estimate for hospital services for a scheduled procedure within three business days. This voluntary policy helps uninsured or out-of-network patients to understand their potential costs for services provided at the hospital. Most insured patients, however, will find more useful information on costs by contacting their insurer, who can provide specific estimates based on their particular plan.
To facilitate access to this information, OAHHS also announced that the OregonHospitalGuide.org website now features a “Cost Estimates” section for each hospital in the state. This new section provides comprehensive information for consumers to contact hospital cost estimate and billing departments. It also links directly to each hospital’s financial assistance policy, which can be helpful for people who may need to set up a payment plan or receive help paying their bill.