Service Descriptions and Associated Standard Charges
Cook Children's works every day to help reduce the increasing costs of pediatric care by using our resources more efficiently, cutting costs where we can, and providing preventive care and education in the communities we serve. As a result, we constantly look for ways to reduce costs and increase efficiencies without sacrificing quality.
Specialized needs for each patient
Sharing meaningful information is challenging because hospital care is specifically tailored to the needs of each patient. For example, an operation for one patient may be relatively simple, yet for another patient, it could be fraught with unforeseen complications, making meaningful "up front" pricing difficult and, perhaps, confusing for patients. Moreover, charges can vary based on patient specific factors such as weight, severity of illness and duration of treatment. Meaningful comparative pricing is further complicated by the fact that some hospitals charges may or may not include physician and other professionals' charges or, most importantly, how much of the cost a patient's insurance company may cover.
Because pediatric care is very different from adult care, when children get sick or injured, their medical needs are much more complex, requiring more specialized – and costly – care. Here are just a few examples of factors Cook Children's considers:
- Children are not small adults, therefore treating them requires uniquely sized equipment, more resources and staff, and lots of extra support.
- Kids who are sick often need help with even the simplest tasks that adult patients can manage on their own.
- Sick children require more extensive monitoring because their conditions can change rapidly.
- Caregivers support parents and siblings, working with them to help them care for the sick child.
- The multiple growth stages of children means more right-sized equipment and many more safety procedures.
- Surgeries can take longer and be much more complicated because veins, arteries and organs can be very small.
- Young children are especially vulnerable to rapid deterioration because of smaller physiological reserves and immature immune systems.
- Due to their smaller size and metabolism, children must be administered smaller doses of medication more often than adults, who many only need 1-4 doses per day.
- Young children don't have the reasoning skills of adults, so even simple outpatient procedures can be very traumatic and may require sedation.
- Children may not be able explain how they feel, where they hurt, or ask for what they need.
- The risk of cardiac arrest is significantly higher in pediatric patients than in adults.
A strong commitment
Cook Children's is strongly committed to working with industry partners to improve meaningful price transparency by communicating effectively with patients, helping patients qualify for financial assistance, and making care more affordable for those qualifying for financial assistance.
The listings of service descriptions and associated standard charges in the link above are provided for the purpose of complying with Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act, as enacted by the Affordable Care Act, requiring hospitals to make public a list of the hospital's standard charges for items and services provided by the hospital. These listings represent gross charges for services and are not meant to reflect in any manner the patient responsibility or out-of-pocket cost that a given patient may be expected to pay.