Use Patterns of a State Health Care Price Transparency Web Site: What Do Patients Shop For?
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CitationMehrotra, Ateev, Tyler Brannen, and Anna D. Sinaiko. 2014. “Use Patterns of a State Health Care Price Transparency Web Site: What Do Patients Shop For?” Inquiry: A Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing 51 (1): 0046958014561496. doi:10.1177/0046958014561496. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0046958014561496.
AbstractTo help people shop for lower cost providers, several states have created their own price transparency Web sites or passed legislation mandating health plans provide such information. New Hampshire’s HealthCost Web site is on the forefront of such initiatives. Despite the growing interest in price transparency, little is known about such efforts, including how often these tools are used and for what reason. We examined the use of New Hampshire HealthCost over a 3-year period. Approximately 1% of the state’s residents used the Web site, and the most common searches were for outpatient visits, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans, and emergency department visits. The results provide a cautionary note on the level of potential interest among consumers in this information but may guide others on practically what are the most “shop-able” services for patients.
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