How many Americans are trying to find how much their health care will cost them? How are they using the information they find? Public Agenda wanted to know and conducted a representative survey of Americans to find the answers.
Here are key results from their survey:
- Over half of Americans [56%] say they’ve tried to determine their out-of-pocket costs before getting care.
- Most Americans are open to looking for better-value care, with 71% indicating higher prices are not typically a sign of better quality care.
- Looking for price information does not necessarily mean comparing prices.
- For those who have compared prices, most believe it has saved them money.
- Obstacles to increasing more cost comparisons exist. Half of Americans are unsure how to find price information. Over half [57%] don’t think doctors in their network charge differently for the same service.
- Insurers and providers could do more to help Americans manage their health care costs. Most [69%] thought a website showing different charges would be helpful.
Further details are available in the report.
Source: How much will it cost? How Americans use prices in health care. Public Agenda, March 2015. http://www.publicagenda.org/files/HowMuchWillItCost_PublicAgenda_2015.pdf
Related resource: Transparency for consumers: a hospital toolkit. American Hospital Association, July 2014. http://www.ahacommunityconnections.org/content/14transparencytoolkit.pdf
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