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

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

In a survey of 801 health insurance consumers, allof whom have purchased ACA-compliant plans through eHealth, 30percent reported "never" getting an out-of-pocket estimate fortheir out-of-pocket costs from medical providers while 28 percentsaid they "rarely" received such information.

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