PriceCheck: Across the nation, community-built health cost guides

Summary: Our work with PriceCheck, our health cost transparency partnerships with media and other organizations, has stretched across the nation, bringing thousands of people to our partner web sites to share and search prices — from databases, from our reporting, and from our communities. Our interactive software is placed on our partners’ sites, using pricing information […]

Women, men, health care costs: Speaking different languages

Filed Under: Costs, Editor Picks, Patients

Summary: Men and women in the United States think very differently about health care costs. When I talk about the topic, it’s common for me to see half of my listeners zoning out — the male half. Why? Well, because women make or influence 90 percent of the health care decisions in this country, according to […]

We’re live in Florida with PriceCheck, crowdsourcing with 3 partners

Summary: We launched our Florida PriceCheck partnership on Thursday, crowdsourcing health prices with new partners WLRN public radio in Miami and WUSF public radio in Tampa Bay, and their Health News Florida collaboration. In the first two days after launch, our web analytics show that we had visits from the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department […]

Isn’t every colonoscopy free now? Well, not exactly.

Summary: Aren’t all colonoscopies free now? No. While the Affordable Care Act includes free preventive procedures like colonoscopies, we’re hearing more and more that people are being asked to pay, from community members in  our partnerships with public radio stations KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco and WHYY in Philadelphia. We don’t know anyone who […]

Our new PriceCheck partnership: Florida, here we come

Summary: We’re adding a Florida PriceCheck partnership soon. Our partners are WLRN public radio in Miami/south Florida; WUSF public radio in the Tampa Bay area; and their collaboration, Health News Florida. “Consumers skeptical about the real cost of health care will soon have a resource where they can ask and share with their neighbors the price of […]

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 […]

Cost of a colonoscopy in California: Payments from $1,200 to $7,126.80

Summary: How much does a colonoscopy cost? From $0 to $7,240 in California, we learned from our PriceCheck community. Though preventive care is supposed to be covered under the Affordable Care Act, people are paying a lot for their colonoscopies, we learned — and the range of payments by insurers is surprisingly wide. CLICK HERE […]

People are shopping for health care. This is what it sounds like.

Summary: Culture change is here. People are upset about their health costs, and they’re acting like consumers in the marketplace. They’re looking for value, and for providers who will cure their ills and treat them like thinking beings. We know this because they’re telling us on our PriceCheck project, crowdsourcing health-care prices with our partners KQED public […]