Talking Costs with Your Doc Shouldn't be Awkward

When it comes to most of the major purchases we make, we readily discuss and often negotiate the cost with a seller. Yet, when it comes to healthcare costs, most of us have somehow come to believe two things—the cost is what it is and it’s inappropriate, or even rude, to talk about anything related to costs with our healthcare providers.

Feeding the Beast

A recent article in the New York Times article suggested that the Affordable Care Act had taken unemployed factory workers and provided them with healthcare jobs. In fact, the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for the city of Akron said, “People who used to make deliveries to factories are now making them to hospitals.” Is this an incredible achievement? Well, let’s take a closer look.

HealthCost Tackles Cost of Healthcare Services in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2017)—Moving healthcare price transparency from passive knowledge to actionable purchasing power, HealthCost, launched a technology platform giving providers and patients the knowledge and control of costs associated with healthcare. At Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D., kicked off the conference where made its debut, making it the only national healthcare network offering an open marketplace for setting, comparing and, soon, locking-in healthcare costs.