How can we get a real sense of the cost of healthcare in the U.S. when medical charges are so incredibly inflated? These inflated charges mask the true cost of care.
And to make matters more confusing, the charges for a procedure for one patient can vary greatly depending on who is responsible for paying for that procedure. Is the payor the patient? An insurance company? Medicare? Workers Compensation? Are the charges Out-of-Network? Medical charges differ vastly depending on who the payor will be.