Few patients see or use price and cost data to make health decisions

According to Kaiser Health News, few individuals use quality and price data to make choices for their health care.

While there has been a recent push in the public and private sectors to increase health care transparency, the Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that:

 

  • Approximately two-thirds of respondents reported difficulties finding information on hospitals' and physicians' exact prices for treatments or procedures
  • Only about 20% of respondents reported seeing price or quality data about doctors, hospitals, or insurers.
  • Less than 9% of respondents said they used pricing data when making decisions on health plans;
  • About 6% of respondents said they used quality data when making a decision about a doctor, hospital or insurer; and
  • 3% of respondents reported using pricing information when making decisions about physicians