“An Educated Consumer is Our Best Customer:” Four Things to Know About Transparency In Health Care Prices, Costs and Quality
Nov 26, 2013, 10:14 AM, Posted by Susan Dentzer
Watch our December 6, 2013, FirstFriday Google+ Hangout archive on transparency in health care.
Panic about high health insurance premiums. Fears about high-cost health-care providers being cut out of health plan networks. Worries that the health plans now available through health insurance exchanges won’t cover the care that patients need.
Welcome to the rollout of Obamacare....right?
Actually, with the exception of the new health insurance exchanges, all of the phenomena described above have a long history. Similar concerns were voiced loudly in the late 1980s and 1990s, when “managed care” in health insurance became a dominant force on the health care and health insurance landscape.
What’s amazing to people who lived through both of these eras—then and now—is how little has changed.