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Billing Estimates

All estimates are based on information provided by a prospective patient and do not include, among other things, any unforeseen complications, additional tests or procedures, and non-hospital related charges, any of which may increase the ultimate cost of the services provided. A final bill for services rendered at Ochsner Health System may differ from the information provided by this website, and Ochsner Health System shall not be liable for any differences.

Please call us directly at 504-842-6345 if you have any questions about the pricing.

Click here to view our Patient Financial Responsibility Estimate Policy.

Learn more about the services provided at Ochsner.

What is usually included in a service estimate?

Estimates are based on what specific procedures normally cost, including doctor and facility fees and supplies. Actual costs may vary because there is no way to predict exactly what services will be needed. Included in the estimates are anticipated fees for items such as room and board, operating rooms, anesthesia, surgeons and when applicable, assistant surgeons. Charges such as pre-surgical consultations, tests and other supplies are not included in the estimate.

What services are included in my estimate?

The estimate includes estimated room and board (for inpatients), supplies, nursing care, equipment use, nutritional services, and any services handled by the staff of the hospital within the walls of the hospital. It does not include services listed below:

  • Physicians providing you with services related to your hospital stay or visit will bill you separately. This can include fees related to specialists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, and radiologists.

I have more questions about surgical estimates. Who can I call?

  • You may request additional information from the Patient Financial Services department which is located on the first floor of the Ochsner Medical Center or you may call 504-842-6345.

If I have health insurance, how much will I owe?

The amount you owe depends on your insurance plan. Coverage benefits can differ greatly from plan to plan. If you have health insurance, you should contact your insurance company directly to determine what your coverage will be. You may be asked to provide a procedure code, which can be obtained from your physician's office.

When I call for an estimate, what information do I need to have available?

Before completing this form, contact your physician's office to get the best description possible of the service that you need and its procedure code. Then, if you have insurance, contact your insurance company and confirm that the services required are "covered services" under your specific plan. If they are “not covered", then you would be considered "uninsured" for these services. When you complete the inquiry form, please have the following information so we may provide you with our best estimate of your financial responsibility:

  • Description of services needed - Include as much information as possible about the specific services needed as described by your physician.
  • Type of services needed - For example, will you be admitted to the hospital as an inpatient overnight, or expect to be treated on an outpatient basis.
  • Physician/Specialist Name - For example, if you are having surgery, enter the surgeon's name.
  • If you have insurance, include the following:
    • Your current insurance card - Please provide the name of insurance company, type of policy (e.g. HMO, PPO, POS, Indemnity), policy holder's name, group name and number, policy number, and insurance company phone number.
    • Policy holder's personal information

Would you prefer to provide your estimate information online?

Fill out the form below to request a Patient Financial Responsibility Estimate.

Based on the Area of Interest selected above, choose a procedure from that group below that you would like to receive a billing estimate for.

This form is not an appropriate means of communicating confidential information. Do not use this form to send personal information, such as account numbers, insurance information or social security numbers. We do not provide medical advice through this form.

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