Move to­ward trans­parency long over­due in health­care

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle “Cast­light IPO blasts off with price trans­parency tech” (Mod­ern­Health­, March 14), I was de­lighted to read about an up­com­ing com­pany of­fer­ing prod­ucts that pro­vide needed trans­parency within the med­i­cal field.

For far too long, hos­pi­tals, doc­tors and health in­sur­ance com­pa­nies have cov­eted their cost/profit ra­tio for­mu­las and not shared them with the very cus­tomers/pa­tients whom they serve.

Pa­tients need full trans­parency re­gard­ing cost com­par­isons for each med­i­cal pro­ce­dure through­out the U.S. They are en­ti­tled to have full knowl­edge of the who, what, when, where, why and how of their med­i­cal-re­lated bills.

Scott Kennedy Bur­bank, Calif.

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