Question: How often have your doctors, or even nurses, discussed costs with you? I can't say I ever remember once going to the doctor that they have done this when they've said I need this or that procedure, test, medication, whatever. And I've heard plenty others say similarly. Yet when I went to the dentist recently everyone was very up front with the different options I could choose from, how much things would cost, and checked with my insurance to precisely determine who would pay what. Now, in all the hoopla over health care reform, you never hear of problems containing dentistry or optometry costs. They're hospital costs. Yet in my experience I have never encountered a doctor or nurse who said, "Well this is going to cost..." as if they're worried about something being too expensive for someone.