New Data Collection Tech Could Transform Health Care
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  • Corlyss

    “A new app that allows for real time data on prices for everyday products could have big implications for health care.”

    You guys are kidding yourselves. It matters only if the patient can dicker. With the government paying, the government don’t dicker for anything. It does one of two things: it pays the going price, or it sets prices, period. No dickering.

    • Jacksonian_Libertarian

      You’re correct, as long as the healthcare consumer is insulated from the price of their healthcare by an insurance plan, they won’t waste their time shopping, and will ignore the prices.

  • Andrew Allison

    Nobody knows the price of medical services. “Price lists” are works of fiction: for the insured, the price is their co-pay. For those willing to pay cash at the time of service, as VM has reported, the price is negotiable. Added to which: do you really want to get your heart surgery from the lowest cost provider?

    • BrianFrankie

      When I got my Lasik surgery, I shopped for providers, evaluating quality, experience, and price, which was obtained via price lists. I ended up going for the lowest cost provider. I don’t see why heart surgery is qualitatively different.

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