Patients want to shop for care, but have a hard time finding good tools: NPR

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Summary: “Kate and Scott Savett were trying to be responsible when they needed some medical care… Scott, 43, is a chemist and designs software for labs; Kate, 37, works in life insurance,” wrote Elana Gordon, at our partner WHYY public radio in Philadelphia, a bit ago. “They buy their health insurance through Scott’s job, and […]

PriceCheck: Across the nation, community-built health cost guides

Summary: Our work with PriceCheck, our health cost transparency partnerships with media and other organizations, has stretched across the nation, bringing thousands of people to our partner web sites to share and search prices — from databases, from our reporting, and from our communities. Our interactive software is placed on our partners’ sites, using pricing information […]

Women, men, health care costs: Speaking different languages

Filed Under: Costs, Editor Picks, Patients

Summary: Men and women in the United States think very differently about health care costs. When I talk about the topic, it’s common for me to see half of my listeners zoning out — the male half. Why? Well, because women make or influence 90 percent of the health care decisions in this country, according to […]

Ultrasound cost: Saving $1,205, or how people use our data

Summary: How do people use our data? Listen: “We recently spent much time trying to find the cost of a fairly routine thyroid ultrasound as we now have a high deductible insurance plan,” said the note to us. “It was extremely frustrating. Even Aetna could not give us expected costs or alternate locations for the […]

We’re live in Florida with PriceCheck, crowdsourcing with 3 partners

Summary: We launched our Florida PriceCheck partnership on Thursday, crowdsourcing health prices with new partners WLRN public radio in Miami and WUSF public radio in Tampa Bay, and their Health News Florida collaboration. In the first two days after launch, our web analytics show that we had visits from the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department […]

Isn’t every colonoscopy free now? Well, not exactly.

Summary: Aren’t all colonoscopies free now? No. While the Affordable Care Act includes free preventive procedures like colonoscopies, we’re hearing more and more that people are being asked to pay, from community members in  our partnerships with public radio stations KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco and WHYY in Philadelphia. We don’t know anyone who […]

What if restaurants billed like hospitals? Our partners’ viral hit

Summary: Our partners at WHYY public radio in the Delaware Valley (Philadelphia) have been getting some emails from listeners who are interested in our project to bring transparency to health care pricing. One came from Don Greenfield, who had an eye-opening experience looking at his wife’s medical bills about a year ago. Click through for […]

Hello, Philadelphia! We’re here to inventory your health care prices.

Summary: We’re excited to be rolling out WHYY’s PriceCheck project in Philadelphia, with our great partners at WHYY The Pulse in Philadelphia. We’re kicking off a six-month project to build a community-created guide to health care prices in the Delaware Valley with the WHYY The Pulse journalists, on the model of our California PriceCheck project. […]

Wahoo! We’re semifinalists in the Knight News Challenge for health!

Filed Under: Costs

We’re excited to announce that our  partnership with eight news organizations has been chosen as one of 40  semifinalists in the Knight Foundation Health News Challenge. Knight  speeds media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. In this challenge, they’re aided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Clinton Foundation and the Health […]