Pricing health care? It's not that easy. | Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am
Pricing health care? It's not that easy. | Chicago Tribune: "Health insurers are aggressively marketing medical policies with high deductibles--the amount people pay before coverage kicks in. Many experts contend these products will motivate Americans to shop for medical care, as they do for cars or computers. But basic data about what services cost generally aren't available. Medical providers and insurers consider this to be highly sensitive competitive information, and their contracts require that it remain secret. That leaves consumers with more financial responsibility for their care but without the tools to manage these expenses." Why should this be such a secret ? Do hospitals have something to hide ?