Sparta Community Hospital (SCH) believes you should have access to the information you need to make informed healthcare decisions. Therefore, SCH has adopted a policy that allows the public to view its standard charges for healthcare services. The policy is intended to promote transparency for patients to understand their potential financial liability for service obtained at SCH and to allow comparison for similar services across hospitals.
Typically, hospital charge masters are lengthy and complex documents and do not provide information at a level conducive for this purpose. Therefore, we encourage patients to contact our Patient Financial Services staff at 618-443-1338 (hospital) or 618-443-6821 (clinics) to request a specific charge estimate and discuss their financial obligations based on their specific circumstance.
Charge estimates are calculated based on care without complications. Actual charges may be different for specific patients due to medical condition, length of time spent in surgery or recovery, necessary specific equipment, supplies or medication, complications requiring unanticipated procedures, or other treatment ordered by the physician. Charge information does not include the professional services provided by a physician, surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist, pathologist, or any other independent practitioners.
Hospital charges are the amounts set before any discounts, and hospitals are required by the federal government to utilize uniform charges as the starting point for all bills.
If a patient has health insurance, significant discounts have already been obtained by the insurance company and the patient only needs to pay the deductible, copay and/or coinsurance. Patients should contact their health plan directly for their specific financial obligations that aren’t reimbursed by insurance.
If a patient does not have health insurance, significant discounts are available that could result in either the care being free or at a greatly reduced price. Contact our Patient Financial Services staff at 618-443-1338 (hospital) or 618-443-6821 (clinics) for more information.
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