Rereading a strong piece from earlier this year:

“If we are going to bend the cost curve, a better functioning health care market is critical. Transparency is essential for patients to consume care from providers who deliver greater value. For providers, transparency is essential for risk-based reimbursement models to work. It is also the best approach to overcome local monopoly pricing power by providers. Most important, the current health care marketplace is ripe for patients to capture large and unjustified differences in price and quality. As more patients do this, we all benefit from more effective competition and health care prices that better reflect value.”– Robert P. Kocher, MD; and Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Annals of Internal Medicine | The Transparency Imperative, May 28, 2013

Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...