More people are checking healthcare prices. Good news? It depends. This WSJ blog by the CEO at Leapfrog postulates that price without quality may actually inflate costs. At the Center for Healthcare Transparency, we believe that cost should be published side by side with quality. We are working hard everyday to make that reality across the US.
LEAH BINDER: Last year, more than half of working Americans reportedly checked prices for the health services they required. Surprised? This is a very new phenomenon, catalyzed by the massive shift in the economics of health care toward high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), where consumers pay the full cost of the MRI, the X-ray, the specialist visit, etc., until they hit that high deductible.