Price and quality transparency: how effective for health care reform?

John A Nyman, Chia Hsuan W Li

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Abstract

Many in Minnesota and the United States are promoting price and quality transparency as a means for reforming health care. The assumption is that with such information, consumers and providers would be motivated to change their behavior and this would lead to lower costs and higher-quality care.This article attempts to determine the extent to which publicizing information about the cost and quality of medical care does, in fact, improve quality and lower costs, and thus should be included in any reform strategy. The authors reviewed a number of studies and concluded that there is a general lack of empirical evidence on the effect of price transparency on health care costs and that the evidence on the effectiveness of quality transparency is mixed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalMinnesota medicine
Volume92
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009

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