Sunday, March 19, 2006

Transparency

Having received a third medical bill for a single procedure (one from the doctor, one from the hospital, one from the technician), it makes me think of how terribly opaque the health care industry is. When you go in for a medical procedure, you never know in advance how much it is going to end up costing whom. Perhaps we should make the health care industry provide estimates, with insurance coverages included, of how much every procedure will cost prior to performing that procedure. We require mechanics to provide estimates up front, why not doctors?

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