Trans­parency still lack­ing in health­care

Modern Healthcare - - Comment -

Re­gard­ing the edi­to­rial “The pa­tient (or con­sumer) takes cen­ter stage,” (March 10, p. 26), be­ing able to carry our med­i­cal his­tory with us is a big pos­i­tive. An­other big pos­i­tive, not men­tioned in this col­umn, would be the abil­ity to shop around us­ing real facts and data about care al­ter­na­tives. As costs and in­surance pre­mi­ums rise, many of us have very high de­ductibles, mean­ing we are pay­ing out-of-pocket for a huge amount of our care, yet we lack the hard data on price and qual­ity to shop around the way we shop around for ev­ery­thing else we buy from air­line tick­ets to restau­rants to car re­pairs. I would love to see an ini­tia­tive de­signed to em­power the health­care con­sumer with use­ful data to com­par­i­son shop for doc­tors, hos­pi­tals, phar­ma­cies, clin­ics, imag­ing, labs, etc. It’s time.

Jonathan Lauer Health­care Per­for­mance Al­liance Wood­inville, Wash.

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