Quality Matters Archive

Quality Matters reported on emerging models and trends in health care delivery reform and interviews with leaders in the field. Please read its successor, Transforming Care.

  • April/May 2012 Issue
Health Care Price Transparency: Can It Promote High-Value Care?

Prices for health care services vary significantly among providers, and it's often difficult for patients to determine their out-of-pocket costs before receiving care. Some consumer advocates, employers, and health plans are pushing for greater reporting of the prices of health care services as a way to encourage consumers to choose low-cost, high-quality providers and to promote competition based on the value of care. In spite of the challenges, price transparency may be spurred by the growing number of health care consumers who are being required to pay a larger share of their medical bills.

Q&A: The Challenges of Reporting the Prices of Health Care Services

Francois de Brantes, M.S., M.B.A, is executive director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, a Newtown, Conn.–based nonprofit organization that seeks to improve health care quality and outcomes by promoting the use of evidence-based medicine. Quality Matters asked de Brantes about the challenges of using health care price information to promote value-based competition and change consumer behavior.

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