Make Health Care Costs More Transparent

Why are health care bills so high?  Connecticut needs to make prices more transparent  for consumers to be able to satisfactorily answer this, and other questions about the quality and cost of their health care, according to Francois de Brantes, executive director of the Health Care Incentive Institute in Newtown.

“Consumers deserve to have as much information about the quality and price of their health care as they do about cars,” he says.

Initiatives such as the all-payer claims database  scheduled to open next year should give consumers greater access to data.  In the meantime, Connecticut was among the 29 states to receive a failing grade from health advocates for  the absence of consumer-friendly laws to help people compare the actual prices health care procedures and services.

Mr. de Brantes’ organization  partnered earlier this year with Catalyst for Payment Reform published the “Report Card on State Price Transparency Law” in which only two states, Massachusetts and new Hampshire received an “A” for meeting several criteria, including sharing information about the price of inpatient and outpatient services. Connecticut received an “F.”

Read the full news story and learn more about what advocates have to say at  Connecticut HEALTH I-TEAM.

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