Getting Prices BEFORE you go to the Doctor? Who does that?Submitted by Treg on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 14:25
"When someone else is picking up the tab, mystery pricing is not much of a problem." -- for you! Its not much of a problem for the person who has a job that covers the cost.
And there is the whole problem with the Medical Industry - after the service, the 3rd party pays, and no one shops for prices. Imagine if your company bought your dinner each night and you did not have to pay for it. Wow! Great deal right? Not really, at the end of the year they just added it all up and said, well here is his salary for the coming year, no cost to me the employer!
Ok, imagine further, that you never learn the cost of any food on your plate or cost of the service. Imagine further that the company finds out the cost OVER TIME as the bills come rolling in over time...$8 jello, $19 steak, $3 beans, $5 butter, $3 bread, $9 beer. Worse still, imagine if the employer received the bill in this fashion: $1.2 water, $2.65 jello powder mix, $ 1.29 for flour, $3.88 packaging material costs, $2.57 butcher fee, $4.75 oven cost, ...etc.... ie pretty dam confusing. Do you think the cost of your dinners would go up? You think!?!
Its all kind of like getting a medical bill wherein everyone and anyone who had a hand in fixing your tonsils or broken arm or appendicitis chimes in with their fee.
Indeed, its all so dam confusing that "shopping for a good price" let alone for "a quality arm repair" is all but impossible. No one shops prices and costs go up and up and up. Sound familiar?
Indeed, Dr Paul can suggest "medical savings accounts" until the cows come home, but if there is no "upfront pricing"... what good will it do?
Well now comes Castlight Health - the travelocity of medicine.
Check it out: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/39174/page1/ and here: http://www.castlighthealth.com/