Price Transparency

Get information about the cost of your care

Understand the Cost of Care

When you know what to expect to pay for health care services, you can more easily manage your finances.

At Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton, it’s our mission to offer high-quality, affordable care. To do that, we provide clear and helpful information on charges, fees and prices.

Our interactive, online treatment cost calculator estimates your out-of-pocket costs for common exams, tests and procedures.

Are Charges the Same for Everyone?

We use one list of costs for all patients. However, your health insurance coverage, other benefits and the services you receive will vary the cost of your care, such as:

  • Differences in the specific services received
  • How long it takes to perform the service
  • How long it takes you to recover in the hospital
  • Kinds of medicine or supplies you need
  • Whether the service you receive is more or less difficult than expected
  • Whether you have complications or need further treatment

Access to Financial Assistance

At BID Milton, we know not all patients have the resources to pay for the care they need. If you have limited or no insurance coverage, you may qualify for financial help.

Check our financial assistance policy. You may qualify for help through MassHealth, Commonwealth Care or Health Safety Net.

Our financial counselors can help you find the best ways to pay for your care. For example, certain physicians are not covered under our financial assistance policies.

Call our Patient Financial Services department at 617-313-1388 to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Price Transparency

How is pricing information shared?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires hospitals to provide clear, easy-to-understand pricing information about the items and services they provide in two ways:

  1. Provide information about the rates negotiated with insurance companies for all services and items offered by our hospitals. This information is not an estimate of the costs you are responsible for paying. The CMS-required hospital charge data files might not be the best tool for patients and families who are comparison shopping between hospitals and health systems for shoppable services. You can find our CMS-required hospital charge data in the treatment cost calculator. Please note: These are large files. You may need special computer software/speed to open the files.
  2. Show shoppable services in a consumer-friendly way. CMS defines shoppable services as those that can be scheduled in advance. Hospitals must offer at least 300 shoppable services, including a pre-set list of 72 procedures.

Use our online calculator to estimate your out-of-pocket expenses.

Visit CompareCare, a website created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for consumers. This tool compares costs of medical procedures and quality metrics across the state.

How is the CMS-required hospital charge data file used?

As required by the federal government, we publish information about all services and items offered by our hospitals, plus:

  • Rates negotiated with insurance companies
  • Individual gross charge amounts

These amounts are almost never billed to you or received as payment by a hospital. The amounts are billed to an insurance company, Medicare or MassHealth. These payers then apply their reimbursement terms or contracted rates to the services billed. Therefore, these rates don’t generally reflect your out-of-pocket expenses. If you owe a copayment, coinsurance or deductible, the charges often are based on payment terms set by your insurer or government program.

What isn't included in the CMS-required charge data file and online tool?

The CMS-required charge data file for Beth Israel Lahey Health hospitals don’t include services provided by physicians and/or other providers who aren’t employed by the hospital. The health care providers who may bill you separately include:

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Other physicians or staff who consulted on your care
  • Radiologist who reads your X-rays or other imaging studies
  • Surgeon who performs your procedure
  • Your personal physician and/or provider

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