You might have noticed that a lot of prices are missing
from our OutofPocket.com directory. OutofPocket is currently under construction
and we appreciate your patience. We are making some enhancements to the site
and in this process; the majority of our price data is temporarily not searchable.
During the construction phase, what you will see when searching for prices on OutofPocket
is a link to websites that publish health care prices. Please be patient and
check back in a few weeks. In the meantime, I would like to encourage as many consumers
as possible to post/share prices you paid for actual services, contact us about
a great site to add to the directory or link to, or if you are a provider – send us
your prices so we can include them in the directory.
Making Sense Out of Existing Data
Did you know that health care price data exists today
--it's just not available to the public. I am passionate about bringing consumerism
to health care, and dedicated to promoting price transparency. My goal is to
make sense of the existing price data to help consumers make informed choices.
Hunting down true out-of-pocket expenses for health
care services – in advance, can be frustrating. Unless you are an experienced
data minter, this type of hunting can be intimidating and time-consuming. If
you are uninsured, under-insured, looking for an out-of-network provider, or have
a high-deductible health plan, you are probably trying to make cost-effective choices
before purchasing health care services. And you are probably interested in knowing
your true out of pocket cost for the services BEFORE you visit the provider.
That’s just being a good consumer. You need useful and relevant tools to help
you make good choices.
You are the keeper of all the claims data for your
members. You know exactly the negotiated (contracted) price for every provider,
for every service, for every different insurance plan you offer. You also know
how much of a member’s deductible has been met. You have databases of prices
paid for every service for every member and could make life a lot easier for your
members and possibly change health care if you agreed to share this data to make it
publically available. Yet you insist on keeping this data a secret.
I am inviting consumers to post/share prices they paid
in the directory. Everyone wants to look up prices, but very few are willing
to take a minute to post/share their prices. We could wait years for legislation
to pass, insurers to agree to make prices public, or we could do something today.
Consumers are invited (and encouraged!) to collaborate and share prices they
paid on OutofPocket.com. If enough consumers participate and share prices, consumers
collectively will create a very powerful directory of true out-of-pocket prices.
You have an opportunity to transform health care as
we know it today. You can help promote transparency by publishing your prices
for services. Why not let consumers know up front what your services will
cost them? OutofPocket.com invites you to include your prices/services in the
directory - free of charge. This not only promotes your practice, but also helps
consumers understand what they will be required to pay for services at your facility.
Imagine how easy it would be to comparison shop for
health care services if relevant data was available. If consumers had access to true
healthcare price data, comparison shopping for health care services could be
a lot like your experience shopping for a book on Amazon.com, booking a vacation on
Travelocity.com or purchasing an item on eBay.com.
Tell a friend about OutofPocket.com and be sure to
add prices you paid for health care services to this directory. Not only
will you be sharing data, but you will be contributing to a powerful directory of
prices that will help promote more affordable health care services.