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Comparison shop doctors and dentists

Saturday - 6/25/2011, 3:57pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Savvy consumers often go online to comparison shop for the best prices, and now folks can look for the best prices on more than just goods.

At PriceDoc.com, users can get price quotes for dental, cosmetic, vision, health maintenance and corrective medicine procedures.

PriceDoc.com asks for a zip code, daytime phone number and e-mail address, and then promises to provide a price quote within 24 hours.

Although a WTOP reporter's request for a price quote on botox injections was supplied within two minutes, other requests weren't answered as quickly.

Still, it may be worth the wait to see what doctors and dentists charge for the procedure or service you want.

A contractor who asked a hospital how much an endoscopy would cost refused to be pinned down. It did, however give him a price range that sprawled between $2,630 and $22,290, SmartMoney.com reports.

Many states now require hospitals and health care providers to disclose the price of some procedures, and there is likely to be more transparency in the future.

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