Massachusetts Launches Health Care Shopping Experiment

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed the law enacting the state's latest phase of health care on August 6, 2012.i i

hide captionGovernor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed the law enacting the state’s latest phase of health care on August 6, 2012.


Eric Haynes/Governor Deval Patrick’s Office

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed the law enacting the state's latest phase of health care on August 6, 2012.

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed the law enacting the state’s latest phase of health care on August 6, 2012.

Eric Haynes/Governor Deval Patrick’s Office

To shop for health care, it would help to know what childbirth or a CT scan will cost ahead of time. But is it possible to actually list prices for medical procedures? And will patients armed with the information look for bargains when they seek care?

Massachusetts is trying to find out. Since Jan. 1, hospitals and doctors there have been required to tell patients how much things cost, if they ask. It’s part of the state’s health care cost control law. We set out to run a test.

Our shopper: Caroline Collins, a 32-year-old pregnant real estate agent from Fitchburg who is trying to compare prices for a vaginal delivery. Her first call is

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/26/275198343/massachusetts-launches-health-care-shopping-experiment?ft=1&f=131849999

Tagged:

Comments are closed.