Where are you receiving your health care?
Office-based services versus outpatient hospital or facility services
Where you receive your health care services may impact your out-of-pocket costs.
Generally, you will pay less out of pocket for services performed in your doctor’s office. However, your doctor’s or other health care professional’s address may look like an “office” location but in fact may be owned by or affiliated with a hospital or other facility.
When a doctor’s or other health care professional’s “office” location is owned by or affiliated with a hospital or other facility, you may be responsible for paying an additional hospital or facility bill as well as higher out-of-pocket expenses.
To help keep your costs low, please confirm the following information when making your appointment or upon your arrival for your appointment with your doctor or other health care professional:
- Ask the office staff if the doctor’s or other healthcare professional’s address is owned by, linked to, or affiliated with a hospital or facility.
- Does their address match the address of the hospital or facility?
- Are there signs posted which indicate that the location is affiliated with a hospital or other facility?
- Did you sign any paperwork indicating that you understand that you will receive a hospital or facility bill?
Bergen Imaging Center is a privately owned office based imaging center with no hospital affiliation.
FOCUS: The Magazine for Blue Cross Blue Shield Members, Fall 2014