Kaiser Health News: Hospital prices, required to be available and transparent, are anything but easy to find

Kaiser Health News: Hospital prices, required to be available and transparent, are anything but easy to find. “In theory, releasing prices may prompt consumers to shop around, weighing cost and quality. Perhaps they could save a few hundred dollars by getting their surgery or imaging test across town instead of at the nearby clinic or hospital. But, typically, consumers don’t comparison-shop, preferring to choose convenience or the provider their doctor recommends…. And hospitals say the transparency push alone won’t help consumers much, because each patient is different — and individual deductibles and insurance plans complicate matters.”

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