(NEWSER) – If you have a health care provider you really like, look very carefully at any plan you buy on HealthCare.gov. To keep costs down—a top Obama administration priority—insurers on the government's health care exchange are offering smaller networks that cut out the country's most prestigious (and most expensive) hospitals and doctors, the Washington Post reports. In one much-watched case, the Seattle Children's Hospital has filed a lawsuit against Washington's insurance commissioner over all the plans excluding it. It's an especially expensive hospital, the region's top insurer explains; a pediatric appendectomy there costs $23,000, compared to $14,100 at another local hospital.
Posted Thursday, November 21st 2013 @ 10am by Kevin Spak, Newser Staff