Aetna policyholders will soon get a better idea of out-of-pocket expenses for their medical services before they receive them.
The Hartford-based health insurer announced a pilot program Thursday that will enable consumers in parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to access online costs for an estimated 600 procedures provided by 5,000 doctors.
In addition, consumers will have online access for actual discounted rates for 25 of the most common office-based services offered by their own primary care or specialist physician.
Aetna president Ronald Williams said consumers need simple and easier access to information.
“The biggest impediment to effective consumerism in health care has been the unavailability on relevant data on health care quality and cost,” Mr. Williams said.