Resource for Consumers

Understanding Healthcare Prices: A Consumer Guide is a helpful resource with more information about managing out-of-pocket costs related to medical treatment. This free booklet is provided by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Download the Guide

Part of being a well-informed patient is learning all you can about the treatment or procedure you will undergo. Also important is knowing the costs involved, how much you may be responsible to pay, and how much other hospitals or medical facilities charge for the same care. To keep patients fully informed, Rhode Island Hospital publishes the charges for its services online.

Many Factors Can Affect the Final Cost of Care

The price of your care may vary from the listed charges due to a range of factors, such as: 

  • the length of time in surgery
  • the equipment, supplies, or medications used
  • the treatment plan your physician decides is best for you

In addition, insurers negotiate discounts with hospitals and other providers, while Medicare and Medicaid reimburse hospitals based on diagnostic related groups (DRGs), ambulatory payment classifications (APCs), or fee schedules. If you have health insurance, you should call your insurer to learn what your plan requires you to pay.

See the charges by service at Rhode Island Hospital »

Rhode Island Hospital treats all people who need care, regardless of their ability to pay.  

If you don’t have insurance coverage or aren’t eligible for government aid, you may be able to receive free or discounted care. Lifespan Patient Financial Services will help you apply for assistance or set up a payment plan.
Find out more about financial assistance and how to apply »