Hospital Bill 411

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. One local Grand Valley hospital works to keep rising hospital prices down for its patients in the face of medical service price hikes.

The Affordable Care Act changed healthcare in the United States, raising premiums and deductibles across the board to support universal coverage.

Community Hospital of Grand Junction establishes base prices for its medical services but works hand in hand with insurance providers to negotiate costs for its patients.

“The physicians work for you, the hospital works for you, and so go out and ask questions and take charge of your health care,” says Chris Thomas, CEO of Community Hospital.

Locally based hospitals typically have lower cost structures and through partnerships are able to haggle prices down for consumers.

Getting educated on hospital pricing and shopping for physicians and hospitals is what ultimately will save you money on the medical bills.

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