In accordance with Section 3202(b) of the CARES Act, all providers administering diagnostic tests for COVID-19 must make public the charge for tests performed at their facility. The charge amount set for this test at SBH Health System is $130.00.
Hospital and Professional Charges
For services provided at SBH Health System, you will receive separate bills for professional charges from providers such as anesthesiologists, pathologists, oncologists or other specialists who have contributed to your care. You will also receive a separate bill for hospital charges. These charges include the cost of providing all other aspects of your care which are billed separately from professional services such as hospital stay, support staff, supplies, and medications. In addition, if your care was provided by a doctor who is affiliated with SBH Health System, but also has a private practice, you may also receive separate bills from this doctor as is typical billing practice.
What are these standard charges and how do they impact you?
Charges are the dollar amount a provider sets for services provided before negotiating any discounts. The charge is different from the amount paid. Patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients who qualify for financial assistance never pay full charges. For patients who do not qualify for financial assistance, but are uninsured, we also offer steeply discounted prices.
We want to let you know that a new rule requires hospitals to maintain and make available a list of their standard charges for items and services provided. These standard charges do not reflect or represent how much you will have to pay, nor do they reflect the actual payment a hospital will receive for those items and services. You may obtain this list of charges here.
Hospitals are also required to post average charges for inpatient admissions grouped by the federal diagnosis related groups (DRGs). You can access this list here.
At SBH Health System we are committed to helping people understand the best options available to pay for their medical care. Our staff can help you understand what is covered by your specific health insurance benefits policy, expenses such as deductibles, co-insurance, co-payment and out-of-pocket expense limits. In addition, if you do not have insurance, we can assist you with determining your eligibility for free or low-cost insurance, as well as governmental assistance. Our financial services counselors can also help assess if you may qualify for financial assistance. You can learn more here.