Modern Healthcare writes: Consumers find medical bills absorb an increasing share of their income, but their ability to shop among hospitals and clinics remains limited. For more than a year, Massachusetts hospitals and clinics have been required to respond within two business days to consumers’ request for a price. That proved to be difficult for some Massachusetts hospitals surveyed by the public policy think tank Pioneer Institute, which surveyed 22 hospitals and 10 clinics on the price of a common and uncomplicated imaging service, an MRI without contrast. Many hospitals could not quote a price within two days. Clinics fared much better, but both results did not shock national organizations that advocate for more transparency prices.
Survey Finds MA Patients Finding Prices Hard to Access Despite Transparency Law
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