Money Matters story idea: Estimate health care costs

February 1, 2013 01:30

Trying to estimate health care costs is getting easier, thanks to online tools from company human resources departments, health care insurers and third-party services.

You can help your viewers and listeners learn more about what procedures really cost by pointing them to websites like, which tracks the prices across the country and gives comparisons by region. Researching ahead of time can give patients a way to budget for planned procedures with savings or health spending accounts.

Another site, looks at costs for procedures when choosing a doctor outside of an insurer's network.

CNN Money has more about the resources available to consumers.