When it comes to medical care, who provides information on lower cost vs higher cost treatments?

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raven braswell
Asked at 2012-10-21 22:15:03
I'm curious with all the recent debate over the Affordable care act who determines what procedures should be done for a patient taking the costs into mind?

I'll give you an example, when I had dental insurance I could use for a year approx. $1700 USD for my dental needs, I sat with my dentists, went over the individual costs and decided accordingly what procedures I wanted, what I wanted but couldn't afford given my insurance coverage, and what procedures were too costly to consider all together.

Does the medical industry provide this information at all? I've not luckily needed to have this type of issue come up to date with my medical needs.

It seems if you are put into an emergency situation the doctors make all the decisions and assumed its the best method to treat the need regardless of cost. Is this the way things happen with emergency care and non-emergency medical care?

When it applies to those with medicare - do patients get consulted on costs before procedures are implemented?

Anyone with experience please advise.
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