Price Check: Making Health Costs Transparent

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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.

Guests:

Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED's State of Health blog

Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts.com

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