Transparency--Will It Lead Us Back to the Future?

Bonney, Robert S.
March 2007
Frontiers of Health Services Management;Spring2007, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p33
The author focuses on the use of hospitals on the combination fixed prices for certain patients and prices based on charges billed for others in the U.S. He elaborates the system and describes the advantages of using the charges as real prices. Price and quality transparency means supplying meaningful information to prospective patients. Hospitals should not renounce the responsibility of providing cost and quality information to insurance companies.


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