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 details, or …
We just launched our WHYY’s PriceCheck project in Philadelphia, with WHYY The Pulse, the health and science wing of the WHYY NewsWorks team. Here’s the page with our crowdsourcing widget (share prices! search prices!) and here’s the page with some of our continuing coverage.
Greenfield is a funny guy.
“I went to my insurance company’s website and looked at the explanation of benefits and my eyes opened up and my jaw dropped,” he told WHYY. “It was just an excruciating level of detail.”
There was the operating room, recovery room, the room and board, pharmacy, medical supplies and so on, he says.
“So this got Greenfield thinking, ‘what if restaurants billed like hospitals?’ Here’s what he came up with,” wrote Megan Pinto of the WHYY staff.
I like everything — but especially the crockery and cutlery usage. Also the 8 cents for the salt.
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 ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.