Man on tight rope The lack of cost transparency has long been an issue in health care, but it has been exacerbated in recent years by an increase in “narrow network” health plans. (Image: Shutterstock)

Medical providers aren’t doing nearly enough to help patients prepare for the cost of their treatments. In fact, a new survey suggests that providers rarely provide information about costs to patients, which helps explain the dramatic uptick in surprise bills over the last few years.

In a survey of 801 health insurance consumers, all of whom have purchased ACA-compliant plans through eHealth, 30 percent reported “never” getting an out-of-pocket estimate for their out-of-pocket costs from medical providers while 28 percent said they “rarely” received such information.

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