Bring more value to your health care decisions.
Stretch your health care dollars further with resources and recommendations to help make your health care more affordable.
Higher cost doesn’t always mean higher quality
Comparing information about care quality and patient satisfaction along with cost will help you focus on options that offer the highest value for your needs. Use MN HealthScore’s ratings to compare clinics, medical groups and hospitals on their performance, see how patients rated their care experience, and look up the costs of specific procedures and services, based on what is important to you.
For more information about national efforts to improve the quality of hospital care, please visit Hospital Compare. This website has information about the quality of care at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care. Hospital Compare was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with organizations representing consumers, hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, and other federal agencies.
Learn more about the cost reports on MNHealthScores.org
Know what care is appropriate
Unnecessary tests and treatments can add significantly to what you pay for health care. Choosing Wisely® is a national initiative to promote conversations between providers and patients by helping patients choose care that is:
- Supported by evidence
- Does not duplicate other tests or procedures already received
- Free from harm
- Truly necessary
Use the Choosing Wisely® lists of Things Physicians and Providers Should Question to have conversations with your doctor or nurse about what is appropriate and necessary treatment.
Another helpful website for when you're making health care decisions is ConsumerHealthChoices. This website has free Consumer Reports® resources for patients and their families including, Choosing Wisely brochures, Best Buy Drugs reports, reprints of Consumer Reports magazine articles, and much more.
Understand what’s in your bill
Whether you’re facing an illness or trying to determine your health care budget, costs can be a major – and confusing – concern. FH Consumer Cost Lookup has clear, helpful information about the medical and dental payment process.
- Find tools that estimate average costs of medical and dental services in your area as well as estimates of how much of that cost insurers generally cover when you go out-of-network.
- Glossaries to explain common terms you may see on your health plan documents and doctor’s bills.
- FH Reimbursement 101 guides and videos with step-by-step explanations of specific types of out-of-network reimbursement, and tips on navigating the healthcare system.
Another good choice is to visit your health insurance plan's website. A password might be required, even if you have insurance with them. Many plans offer cost calculators and customer service representatives who can help you figure out how much you might need to pay for a treatment or procedure. Below are links to four large plans in Minnesota:
Balance affordability with changing needs
As your needs change, so might the types of decisions you need to make about your health and health care. For example, a young family with healthy children may have different health priorities, compared to someone who has significant or ongoing health care needs. Open enrollment or moving to a new area might be another time to evaluate your needs. Regularly reviewing information about the care quality and patient satisfaction can help with making these types of health care decisions.
Explore MNHealthScores’ information and resources to help you: