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Comparing prices of health care

The price of health care is one way patients compare hospitals. At VCU Medical Center, we think it’s important for you to know:

  • How hospitals calculate the prices of their services
  • How that price relates to what the patient will pay
  • Why it’s difficult to compare prices from different hospitals

We also think it’s important for patients who want to compare prices, to also compare quality, expertise, safety and service before making their decisions. Our website offers much of that information, too.

Comparing apples to apples

It is difficult to compare hospital prices in an apples-to-apples way. Most price comparisons will be apples to oranges. This is because each hospital has a different list of items it adds together to come up with the price. Hospitals also are run differently and their community responsibilities are different. For example, VCU Medical Center is responsible for teaching students and residents. That means we have some costs that other hospitals don’t have.

Obtaining a price estimate for services

Please call (804) 281-0611 to receive an estimate of services provided by our physicians and hospitals.

What websites compare the price of care?

PricePoint provides information and comparisons about Virginia hospitals’ prices, patient use and how their patients pay for health care.