Relatively few patients talk to their doctors about costs or ask for a discount, despite their concerns about health care costs, according to a new survey.
The survey by HealthMarkets Inc., North Richland Hills, Texas, shows that of those who did ask for a lower rate from their doctor, 55% were able to reduce their bill.
Around 70% of those surveyed said the average $11,000 cost to insure a family of 4 for health care is too much.
Yet just 1 out of 3 Americans said they had discussed treatment costs with a doctor in the past 5 years. And only 17% specifically asked for a lower price.