In 2006, a new state law took effect to make it easier for consumers to find accurate information about health care prices. While many hospitals comply with the law by adding prices to a state-run website, few publish prices on their own websites … which is where consumers would be looking for the information.

Californians are still struggling to get straight answers about the cost of common medical procedures despite state efforts aimed at lifting the veil on medical pricing. As consumers shoulder a larger share of their healthcare costs, the ability to comparison shop is key to keeping that care affordable.

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