Understanding Medical Costs

Here at Beebe Healthcare, we understand that medical costs can be very confusing. We believe it’s important to make information on hospital costs available to help patients make informed healthcare decisions.

We’ve included comprehensive lists of standard charges for each Inpatient Services - DRG (diagnostic related groups), Outpatient Services and Drugs - known as a Chargemaster. Hospital-based charges are considered technical charges. Examples of technical charges include those for the use of equipment, facilities, non-physician medical staff, and supplies in areas such as hospitals and other outpatient/inpatient services. Surgical procedures may include additional procedures along with supplies, medications, lab tests, or other expenses. Pharmacy charges will be listed as AWP (average wholesale price), meaning they can change frequently, and will be charged based upon the number of units ordered. There may also be radiology, laboratory, pathology, or other services that contain extra charges not included in our lists. You may get bills from these related healthcare providers, in addition to Beebe Healthcare, in the event they were also involved in your care.

The data provided on this site should be viewed as a snapshot only, and should by no means be considered the only source of information for calculating cost of care. This listing is not a helpful tool for patients to comparison shop between hospitals or to estimate what healthcare services are going to cost them out of their own pocket. If you have insurance, you need to consult with your insurance company regarding your coverage and out of pocket expenses as insurance plans vary.

To get a confidential price estimate for a medical service or procedure at Beebe Healthcare, please contact our Patient Financial Services team at (302) 645-3546. The more information you are able to give the counselors, the more accurate your estimate will be.

Before you call, please have the following information: 

  • A description of the service or procedure you need - as described by your doctor with specifics.
  • The diagnosis code (DRG code) for inpatient services or procedures or the procedural code (CPT code) for outpatient services or procedures - available from your doctor.
  • Your doctor’s name - who is the physician ordering your service?
  • If you are having surgery, who is the surgeon?

The cost estimate of your service or procedure will be based on the information you give the Patient Financial Services representative. Please keep in mind, this is only an estimate and many factors can affect the final actual cost. For example, your medical provider may need to perform more, fewer, or different services or procedures at the time of service.

Thank you for choosing Beebe Healthcare. We look forward to helping make the process easier and more transparent for you.

Lists of Standard Charges As Of December 20, 2018:

File Pharmacy Charges (average wholesale price and subject to frequent change)
 File Inpatient Services Charges (average and may not include additional services by related healthcare providers)
 File Outpatient Services Charges

(PDF) Consumer Guide to Healthcare Prices
 

Additional Resources

Select your insurance carrier from the links below to help you understand your coverage. In some cases, your insurance provider's website will offer a payment estimators which can give you a better understanding of your costs. If your insurance carrier is not listed, you may find it helpful to go to their site and search for a payment estimator to help you.

Aetna   https://www.aetna.com/individuals-families/using-your-aetna-benefits/manage-health-care-costs.html

Blue Cross Blue Shield   https://ben.omb.delaware.gov/consumerism/documents/highmark-cost-care.pdf

Cigna  https://www.cigna.com/inventyourhealth/interactive-tools-resources

CMS/Medicare Procedure Price Look Up Tool  https://www.medicare.gov/procedure-price-lookup/

United Healthcare   https://www.uhc.com/individual-and-family/member-resources/health-care-tools/cost-estimator