Hospital prices are about to be made public in the U.S.

Hospital prices are about to be made public in the U.S.
Hospitals will have to list pricing for common medical procedures online starting Jan. 1, 2019. (Source: WOIO)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Price transparency is coming to U.S. hospitals.

A new federal rule requires all hospitals to post an online list of the cost of their standard services.

Patients will be able to compare prices before seeking treatment.

Some consumer advocates say even though those lists will be beneficial, it doesn’t do enough to inform patients about adjusted -- and sometimes increased -- costs due to insurance and other factors.

Those prices are expected to be available online Jan. 1.

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