Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions
Hospital price transparency helps patients know the cost of a hospital item or service before receiving it. Each hospital operating in the United States is required to provide clear, accessible pricing information online about the items and services they provide, in two ways:
- As a comprehensive machine-readable file with all items and services.
- In a display of shoppable services in a consumer-friendly format.
This information will make it easier for consumers to compare prices across hospitals and estimate the cost of care before going to the hospital.
The University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center Hospital is committed to price transparency and the belief that consumers should know, long before they receive their medical bill, what the hospital will charge for items and services provided. As part of our effort to increase price transparency, you may review our contracted rates, which details a comprehensive list of services at our hospital.
The hospital’s charges are the same for all patients, but a patient’s responsibility may vary, depending on payment plans negotiated with individual health insurance companies and a patient’s out of pocket responsibility (i.e., deductible, co-insurance, copays, etc.). Uninsured or underinsured patients should consult with our Social Workers for assistance. Please bear in mind that few patients will pay the charge amount listed because of insurance coverage.
For insured patients:
- When reviewing standard charges, it is important to note that actual payment rates for hospital care provided to insured patients are:
- Negotiated with health plans
- Set by the federal government for Medicare
- Set by health insurance companies contracted by ASES for Vital (Health Reform) for Medicaid sponsored services
- If you have private insurance and are interested in understanding what your “out-of-pocket” costs may be for the care you receive at our hospital, your health care insurance company will be in the best position to help you understand these costs, and we encourage you to contact them.
For uninsured patients:
- Uninsured patients are not generally expected to pay the hospital’s standard charges and may be eligible for financial assistance through the hospital’s Patient Financial Assistance Program.
- At our hospital, all patients will be treated fairly and with respect during and after their treatment, and regardless of their ability to pay for the services they receive.
- Patients without insurance will be offered reasonable payments and payment schedules, subject to their acceptance of the offer. Whenever possible, this will occur before the patient leaves the hospital, as part of the financial counseling process.
- Please call one of our Social Workers at (787) 772-8300 for assistance and to receive information about our payment plan options.