Tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures: L.A. Times

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Summary: It’s great to get such good press. Lisa Zamosky at The Los Angeles Times wrote a piece about shopping tools to help patients find prices. We’re featured! Click through for an excerpt.

 

 


“With rising out-of-pocket expenses, patients are increasingly demanding information about price and quality that historically has been unavailable,” Zamosky writes, featuring us along with Medibid and Pokitdok.

“Entrepreneurs, states and employers now offer such tools. A number of newly formed coalitions made up of insurers, pharmaceutical companies and other industry insiders are also vowing to push for the release of price information long held as trade secrets.

“There’s a race underway to develop useful tools patients can put to practical use….

“New York-based Clear Health Costs (clearhealthcosts.com) was started in 2010 by former New York Times reporter Jeanne Pinder.

“Its staff queries individual healthcare providers in eight markets, including Los Angeles, for a cash price on up to 35 common medical procedures….” Lisa Zamosky, Shopping tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures,” The Los Angeles Times.