Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the cost of services.
- You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency services. This includes related costs like medical tests and prescription drugs.
- If you schedule your appointment at least 3 days in advance, make sure your provider offers you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your appointment. You can also ask your provider for a Good Faith Estimate before you make an appointment.
- If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute it.
- Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.