Disclaimer and explanation for standard hospital charge
Sky Lakes Medical Center determines its standard charges for patient services with the use of a chargemaster system, which is a list of charges for the components of patient care that go into patients' bills. These are the baseline rates for services provided at this hospital.
Government insurance plans such as Medicare and Medicaid do not pay the chargemaster rates. These payers have their own rate schedules that hospitals are obligated to accept.
Commercial insurance payments are based on contract negotiations with managed care payers and may or may not reflect the standard charges.
Patients without commercial insurance or not covered by a government health care plan should contact Sky Lakes prior to a procedure to request an estimate and discuss payment terms and/or Financial Assistance.