It’s easy to comparison shop when you’re in the market for a car or airline ticket. But good luck shopping around for a medical procedure. It’s often impossible to get prices ahead of time, even for common procedures — and costs can vary widely among providers. A new collaboration between KQED, KPCC and ClearHealthCosts.com seeks to bring more transparency to the health care marketplace. They’ve created a tool where listeners can submit the cost of their mammogram. The database will expand to other procedures later this summer and in the fall.
Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED's State of Health blog
Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts.com