By David S. Martin
CNN Senior Medical Producer
(CNN) -- When Bridget and Scott Bear were expecting their first child, they wanted to know what it would cost so they could set aside enough money in their health savings account.
The Omaha, Nebraska, couple went to Alegent Creighton Health's web site and found the My Cost function, entered their insurance information and learned the hospital charges would be around $2,500, Bridget Bear said.
When Bridget Bear gave birth to their son, Lawson, on April 2 at Lakeside Hospital -- a healthy 8-pound, 8-ounce baby -- the couple were ready for the bill, she said.
Alegent is one of a growing number of hospitals, Web sites, even states, helping patients comparison shop on the Internet before undergoing a medical procedure or test.
This article was originally published on 9/10/09
Republished with permission from CNN