MedPage Today PriceCheck: Making prices transparent

Health care prices have sparked a huge debate in the United States.

So we at Clearhealthcosts.com and our partners at MedPage Today and in the media had a radical idea: Let’s make the default mode in health care pricing transparency — instead of opacity.

Clearhealthcosts.com has already partnered with public radio stations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York CityPhiladelphia, Miami and Tampa-St. Petersburg on similar efforts. Click the links for examples; some of our news coverage can be seen here and here, and in links from the pages above.

Want to help? It’s easy. Send in your cash prices.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Contribute individual prices in the form below.
  • Contribute a lot of prices: Download or send your administrator this spreadsheet Download (XLS, 33KB).
  • Questions? Email us at: info@clearhealthcosts.com or e.chu@medpagetoday.com.

Search the database. There are lots of prices already here. Search “tympanostomy,” “vaginal delivery” or “gall bladder removal” for examples. Type a few letters for suggestions; to see many states, leave the “zip code” box blank.

Here’s our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and here’s a post describing the Clearhealthcosts.com partnership with MedPage Today. Here’s the lead editor’s note, and here’s a moving essay by a doctor telling us why this is so important. And here’s a page with links to several MedPage Today posts.