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New Online Service Helps Patients Find Info on Pricing, Financial Assistance
Date:5/5/2010

In a move toward greater pricing transparency, the North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the launch of a new online service to help consumers find out the cost of medical services in advance, learn whether they are eligible for financial assistance and how to get help with paying their hospital bills.

Great Neck, NY (Vocus) May 5, 2010 -- In a move toward greater pricing transparency, the North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the launch of a new online service to help consumers find out the cost of medical services in advance, learn whether they are eligible for financial assistance and how to get help with paying their hospital bills.

This user-friendly web site, accessible from North Shore-LIJ's home page (www.northshorelij.com/FinancialHelp), is designed to help patients thoroughly understand their hospital bills, and estimate the out-of-pocket cost of common inpatient and outpatient medical services provided at North Shore-LIJ facilities across the New York area, including 14 hospitals on Long Island, Queens and Staten Island. The new site also helps consumers determine their eligibility for financial assistance, establish affordable interest-free payment plans and arrange for convenient online payments.

"Just like every company that sells a product or service to consumers, hospitals should be able to tell consumers in advance what the cost of their medical services is going to be and the options available to pay for them,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of North Shore-LIJ.

Making pricing information available to consumers is part of a continuing move toward greater public transparency by North Shore-LIJ, which was recently recognized by the National Quality Forum for its "ongoing commitment to
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