Ever feel like your doctor has no sense of the cost of the prescription, treatment or scan he or she is ordering? In an ideal word, doctors shouldn’t take cost into consideration when choosing care.
But the health care system doesn’t operate in the real world and often that scan doesn’t represent the best care. And, even insured pateints are in for huge copays and deductibles.
Costs of Care is a Boston group that dares to give “patients and their caregivers information they need to deflate medical bills, while expanding the national discourse on the role of care providers in responsible resource stewardship.”
Their effort is part of a new push for transparency in health care pricing.
So, you’re thinking – that sounds familiar? Why didn’t my doc explain the difference in costs when he asked me which hospitals I wanted to go to form my surgery?
Now’s your chance to share that story. The folks at Costs of Care is sponsoring their third annual essay project and they are looking to stories “that best demonstrate the importance of cost-awareness in medicine. Examples may include a time a patient tried to find out what a test or treatment would cost but was unable to do so, a time that caring for a patient generated an unexpectedly a high medical bill, or a time a patient and care provider figured out a way to save money while still delivering high-value care.”
Check out last year’s winners here: www.costsofcare.blogspot.com Entries are due November 15 and all “qualifying submissions” appear on the group’s website. The prize –$4,000.
Note that the contest is sponsored by a slew of insurance companies and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We note that Partners – famous for its high cost care — is not a sponsor.