Prices for health care services can vary by 500% or more—even among providers within the same network. Because you share the cost of certain expenses under your Vanguard medical plan through deductibles and coinsurance, these price differences could result in you paying more than necessary for services. And even if a hospital is a top performer in the treatment of a particular condition, it does not mean it is the best at treating all conditions.
The Healthcare Bluebook tool allows you to search a variety of procedures to find the range of prices in your region and also access quality ratings for a particular facility. By accessing quality and pricing information up front, you can make educated decisions on where to get quality care and save on your out-of-pocket costs.
When to use Healthcare Bluebook
- To find the fair market price for a procedure in your area (e.g., MRI).
- To compare quality ratings for the same surgery at different hospitals or medical centers.
- To determine the most cost-effective facility for care (e.g., CrewCare vs. a walk-in clinic or urgent care facility).
- To ensure the provider you use is not just highly rated overall but highly rated for the specific medical procedure you need.
Accessing Healthcare Bluebook
Gain direct access to the transparency tool via the Healthcare Bluebook site from CrewNet or go to healthcarebluebook.com/cc/vanguard. You'll be prompted to enter your last name and date of birth when logging on from outside CrewNet, and you will use that same information to log in each time (no need to create a user name and password). You may also download the Healthcare Bluebook app from the website.
Healthcare Bluebook is free for crew and spouses/domestic partners and provides the most accurate cost information calculated from a national database of medical payment data in your geographic region. The rates listed apply only to services paid for with an Aetna health plan.
Visit the Healthcare Bluebook website for more information, including provider pricing information and quality ratings. Take advantage of this great tool for a cost-conscious path to health!
Visit the Healthcare Bluebook website for more information including provider pricing information and quality ratings. Take advantage of this great tool for a cost-conscious path to health!