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Industry Coalition Pushes For Price Transparency

A report put out Wednesday by a coalition of hospitals, insurers, doctors and consumer advocates recommends how providers can make information available about the costs of various tests and procedures. An accompanying guide tells consumers how to find it.  

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: Price Transparency Stinks In Health Care. Here’s How The Industry Wants To Change That.
There's been much written in the past year about just how hard it is to get a simple price for a basic health-care procedure. The industry has heard the rumblings, and now it's responding. About two dozen industry stakeholders, including main lobbying groups for hospitals and health insurers, this morning are issuing new recommendations for how they can provide the cost of health-care services to patients (Millman, 4/16).

Politico Pro: Report Pushes For Pricing Transparency In Health Care
Key players in the health care industry want to help consumers find out how much they will pay for a medical visit or procedure — well before it takes place. A report released Wednesday by a coalition of hospitals, insurers, doctors and consumer advocates recommends the ways providers can make that information easily available. An accompanying guide tells consumers how to go about getting it. The documents are a response to Americans’ growing demand to be able to shop for health care much like they shop for everything else, especially as they pay an ever-larger share of health costs out of pocket (Norman, 4/16).

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