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Can you get a surgical cost estimator for free?

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FairHealthConsumer.org is a free tool consumers can use to estimate the costs of medical procedures, surgery or service in the area they receive care. A user must enter a ZIP code, whether there is an insurance provider, the type of service or procedure, and the procedure code, if known.

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FairHealthConsumer.org provides a comprehensive list of services and procedures that include surgery, orthopedics, tests and exams, specialty drugs, ambulance transportation, and more. Each category includes a drop-down menu of specific tests. As an example, the imaging test category links to CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, X-Rays and mammograms. These sub-categories also link to specific types of images, such as bone density, arm or chest X-rays.

FairHealthConsumer.org creates a procedure cost estimate based on the health care charges typically found in each ZIP code. The site updates estimated medical costs every six months, but they may vary, as they are not exact.

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