Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Price Check: Making Health Costs TransparentDownload audio (MP3)
It's easy to comparison shop when you're in the market for a car or airline ticket. But good luck shopping around for a medical procedure. It's often impossible to get prices ahead of time, even for common procedures -- and costs can vary widely among providers. A new collaboration between KQED, KPCC and ClearHealthCosts.com seeks to bring more transparency to the health care marketplace. They've created a tool where listeners can submit the cost of their mammogram. The database will expand to other procedures later this summer and in the fall.
Host: Judy Campbell
- Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts.com
- Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED's State of Health blog