Pa­tient-cen­tered care re­quires ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent story “Pa­tients’ cost sen­si­tiv­ity wor­ries some doc­tors” (ModernHealth­care.com, Aug. 13), con­sumers price-shop for cars, ap­pli­ances and houses. That physi­cians and other clin­i­cians freak out when they’re asked about price in­for­ma­tion is so short-sighted.

I’ve been telling my au­di­ence for years to ask “how much is that?” when­ever they’re mak­ing health­care pur­chases. Part of shared de­ci­sion­mak­ing—and pa­tient-cen­tered medicine—means putting peo­ple com­monly called pa­tients in the way of all the in­for­ma­tion they need to make a de­ci­sion that meets their val­ues and de­sired out­comes.

Casey Quin­lan Mighty Casey Me­dia Rich­mond, Va.

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