Shopping for Your Health Care: Can You Tell if the Price Is Right?

July 31, 2014 7:26 PM

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Shopping for Your Health Care: Can You Tell if the Price Is Right?

By now, many people know that our country's health care costs are unsustainably high, and rising. But the component details -- the prices for testing, medications, procedures and hospital stays -- have remained arbitrary and opaque even to most health care leaders and physicians, not to mention patients.

Of the many drivers behind our high health care costs, low transparency and consumer awareness are particularly intriguing ones. The idea is straightforward: Without accurate, usable knowledge about how much health care services cost, patients can't make choices that satisfy both their health needs ...

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