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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Price Transparency in Healthcare

We desperately need price transparency in healthcare.

You should know the price of a pill before you swallow it.*
You should know the price of a test before you have it.
You should know the price of a procedure or operation before it is done to you.

The only way you can spend your money wisely, your insurance company's money wisely, or Medicaid or Medicare's money wisely, is if you know what things cost.

Knowing prices empowers patients to get more healthcare for their money. Below is a list of entities that have to do with price transparency in healthcare, or that are displaying prices.

Clear Health Costs
http://clearhealthcosts.com

Compared Care
http://comparedCare.com

Estimedd
http://www.estimedd.com

Fair Health
http://fairhealthconsumer.org

Free Market Medicine Association
http://marketmedicine.org

Health in Reach
https://www.healthinreach.com/search

Healthcare Bluebook
https://healthcarebluebook.com

HealthPons
http://www.gethealthpons.com

Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI)
http://www.healthcostinstitute.org

My Health My Price
http://MyHealthMyPrice.com

PokitDok
http://PokitDok.com

PriceCheck
http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/23/share-your-bill-make-health-costs-transparent-in-california/

Pricing Healthcare
https://pricinghealthcare.com

Self Pay Patient LLC
http://www.theselfpaypatient.com

Snap Health
http://SnapHealth.com

Surgery Center of Oklahoma
http://www.surgerycenterok.com/pricing

Theranos
http://www.theranos.com/test-menu?ref=for_providers

Understanding Healthcare Prices: A Consumer Guide
http://www.hfma.org/consumerguide

Castlight Health
http://CastlightHealth.com

CPR Price Transparency
http://www.catalyzepaymentreform.org/how-we-catalyze/price-transparency

Costs of Care
http://www.costsofcare.org

*(The phrase "...the price of a pill before you swallow it..." first came from Dr. Steven Kagan as far as I am able to determine.)

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