Understanding Hospital Charges

You have reached the federally-required section of our website that contains the itemized and per stay charges for our services. Hospital charges are the same for all patients, but do not reflect the amount that patients and insurance companies actually pay.

Healthcare billing is complex. The amount paid by a patient depends on the insurance policy that was purchased, copayments and deductibles, and benefits provided by Medicare and Medicaid.

The Woman's Hospital Chargemaster does NOT include charges that are billed separately by the physicians or other professional fees, and items provided at no charge (breastfeeding support, patient navigation, etc.) Charges associated with the DRGs represent an average of the total charges for a hospital stay for that specific procedure.

If you have commercial insurance

  • Contact your insurance company to understand all of the factors affecting your financial responsibility. 
  • Numerous factors, such as type of plan, co-pay, co-insurance, deductible, out-of-pocket maximums, provider network and other limitations, will affect your financial responsibility to a hospital. 
  • The prices reflected on this site do not include charges for the physician or other professional fees, such as pharmacy, diagnostic imaging or lab work. 
  • The prices reflected on this site do not include any negotiated discounts between your insurance company and the hospital.
  • For additional information or questions, please contact our Patient Financial Services Department at 225-924-8106.

If you have Medicare

  • Medicare has many different parts, and not everyone has the same type of Medicare coverage. Medicare will pay for many of your healthcare expenses but not all of them. 
  • Special rules apply if you have employer group health insurance coverage through your job or a spouse’s job. 
  • If you have a supplemental health insurance policy, it may cover some costs that Medicare does not cover. 
  • The best way to be sure of what your Medicare plan covers is to call 1-800-MEDICARE, or visit the website at www.mymedicare.gov.
  • For additional information or questions, please contact our Patient Financial Services Department at 225-924-8106.

If you have Medicaid

Contact your local Medicaid office at 1-888-544-7996, or visit the Louisiana Department of Health to determine all the factors affecting your financial responsibility.

Generally, Medicaid recipients are not responsible for any portion of the bill.

  • For additional information or questions, please contact our Patient Financial Services Department at 225-924-8106.

If you are uninsured

  • Please contact our Patient Financial Services Department at 225-924-8106, and ask about our payment policies.
  • As required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals have a written financial assistance policy that includes eligibility criteria, the basis for calculating charges and the method for applying for financial assistance.
  • Contact our Patient Financial Services Department at 225-924-8106 to determine if you meet the criteria for financial assistance.