U.S. first in health spending and worst on major health indicators: JAMA Network

U.S. first in health spending and worst on major health indicators: JAMA Network

The United States ranks first in spending and worst in obesity, life expectancy and infant mortality, compared to other high-income countries, according to a March 2018 article in JAMA Network by Irene Papanicolas, PhD; Liana R. Woskie, MSc1; and Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH1. Here are the findings: “In 2016, the US spent 17.8% of […]

Cash for mammograms is ‘ethically troubling,’ JAMA article says

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Summary: “Offering women money, paid time off, or other incentives to undergo mammography screening is ‘ethically troubling,’ contends the author of a viewpoint published in the September 8 issue of JAMA. A better idea is to offer women incentives for using evidence-based decision aids, irrespective of their ultimate decision for or against screening, says Harald Schmidt, […]

ClearHealthCosts and PriceCheck featured in JAMA Internal Medicine


Summary: Our work on PriceCheck was featured in JAMA Internal Medicine on Nov. 17, in an article by one of our California partners,  Lisa Aliferis of KQED, along with an editor’s note by the JAMA editor. The editor’s note called us “bold” and a supplier of “essential information,” and called for more of the same […]

Finding consumer prices from hospitals is hard, study finds


  It’s hard for patients to find prices for medical procedures in advance, even for common things, a new study finds. Our readers won’t be surprised, but this was a  thorough investigation by a trio of respected scholars, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study catalogs the  scholars’ attempts to find […]