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Price Check Aims to Make Health Care Costs More Transparent in California

By New Renter following x   2014 Jun 26, 10:39am 1,666 views   1 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


I heard about this on the radio yesterday:

http://blogs.kqed.org/pressroom/price-check/

Four-month project of KQED, Southern California Public Radio and ClearHealthCosts.com will use community-contributed health care cost data for reporting.

KQED, Southern California Public Radio and ClearHealthCosts.com invite California residents to share the cost of medical procedures through Price Check, a groundbreaking crowdsourced database of health care prices, which was launched today. California is one of the largest health care markets in the world and Price Check, which will be a community-created database of cost information for four common procedures, promises to be the very first database on health care costs that is created by, and easily accessible to, the public.

Each month of the pilot program, funded by a Prototype Fund grant from the Knight Foundation, will focus on one non-life-saving procedure, encouraging California residents to share not just the charges, but also the prices paid by individuals and insurers. The first procedure for California consumers to share about is mammograms. Consumers can share prices and access the database at kqed.org/pricecheck. Names and contact information for the participants will be completely confidential.

The projectdoes not aspire to being exhaustiveor comprehensive, but rather representative. Data shared by the public will allow journalists at KQED and SCPR to look deeply into the issues and develop stories that will illuminate discrepancies and spark conversations. If the pilot program is successful, the project could extend past the four months.

“We are in the early days of the biggest expansion of health insurance in 50 years and transparency is more important than ever,” said Colleen Wilson, executive director, KQED Interactive. “This project will not only provide a data repository that can be used by our reporters, but also allow the public to make more informed decisions.”

Paul Glickman, KPCC senior editor, said: “Southern California Public Radio is eager to join with ClearHealthCosts.com and KQED on this important project. One of the foundations of our health care coverage is our desire to help consumers navigate the health care system, and anything that pulls back the curtain on medical costs can make a significant contribution to that effort.”

Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts.com, said: “People should know what things cost in health care. We’ll use the power of our communities to reveal the secrets of the marketplace, and join hands to make this opaque system more transparent.”

1   Tenpoundbass   ignore (11)   2014 Jun 29, 6:25am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

New Renter says

KQED, Southern California Public Radio and ClearHealthCosts.com invite California residents to share the cost of medical procedures through Price Check, a groundbreaking crowdsourced database of health care prices, which was launched today. California is one of the largest health care markets in the world and Price Check, which will be a community-created database of cost information for four common procedures, promises to be the very first database on health care costs that is created by, and easily accessible to, the public.

Only California would be proud of them selves for providing the Healthcare industry a better price collusion tool.

Only set prices mandated by the President, (like he's trying to do with shit that don't matter like demanding $15 an hour for a 17 hour week jobs. And the destruction of the very jobs he's touting he's boosting.) would ever change that.

But demanding healthcare industry has set prices on legislation that he him self spearheaded, he can't be bothered.

I just love all of these State agencies posting glorified businesses directories and then beam with pride that they are providing a service to their Constituents. It doesn't improve the quality of these outsourced necessities that are being provided by private companies.
It only improves the efficiency in which qualified leads come their way.
It's like a honey trap and shooting sick fish in a barrel.

If someone posts a figure that is too low, with today's laws and legal reality, all of the premium expensive institutions will sue the cheap ones for "Dumping". Or give them a call to straighten them out.

These are the same assholes that Congress consulted making ACA in the first place.

What makes you think a Glorified business directory will make them clean up their act.

Wait don't tell me! Is this "Phase II" of the Liberal grand scheme to the path of a"Single Payer" system?





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