Stacey Burling at the Philly news writes on hospital pricing::
It has been difficult for consumers to find out the exact cost hospitals charge for a procedure. With the increase of high-deductible insurance plans/no insurance, consumers have more of a reason to care and inquire about medical costs… Medicare has started publishing the amount they pay individual hospitals. This can allow patients to have a better understanding on what care actually costs.
National Center for Policy Analysis links to Sarah McIntosh, “Adding Health Care to Your Shopping List: The Emergence of In-Store Clinics,” Flint Hills Center for Public Policy, Policy Paper, June 4, 2008.
In-store health care clinics are growing, offering a private sector solution to increasing concerns of policymakers. However, policymakers need to be careful not to ignore private sector opportunities to improve health care.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is aiming to improve the quality of health care in America. The Foundation has founded the Alliance for Health with a $1 million grant to create the “West Michigan Center for Quality Improvement”. The Alliance will collect data and publicly report how well doctors and hospitals perform against set quality measures.