Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center has launched a comprehensive Patient Cost Estimator tool for prospective patients, providing them with an estimate of what their out-of-pocket cost will be for a variety of medical and surgical services based on their health insurance policy.

"While some health systems offer price estimates for surgeries and other procedures, those typically focus on the hospital portion of the care provided," company executives said. "In contrast, the new Virginia Mason Patient Cost Estimator offers a comprehensive estimate that includes charges from the physician, anesthesia, lab, and other departments."

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