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Hospitals will soon have to post price lists online

Americans will soon be able to check hospital websites for a price list of items and services they provide.

It all begins on January 1, when a federal rule requiring hospital transparency goes into effect.

The goal is to allow consumers to know the costs of everything from Bandaids to heart surgery before seeking medical treatment.

However, some consumer advocates say it will still be difficult to know the exact price of hospital services because of insurance, deductibles and other factors.

NBC News

NBC News

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