Update June 30: Early PriceCheck data show Bay Area mammogram prices range from $125 to $801
Say you’re shopping for a new computer or a new car, and you want to get the best price. Within a matter of minutes on Google, you would have a pretty good idea of the price range for the product you want.
But in health care? Forget it.
It’s well known to health policy types, but less so to consumers, that health care prices are utterly lacking in transparency and wildly variable.
If you’ve ever looked at a bill for a health care procedure — and been astounded by the numbers you see — or thought that you would like to find the best price on an elective procedure — and been astounded that there’s no easy way to compare prices — KQED is launching a new project for you.
Today we bring you “Price Check,” a community-created guide to health costs. Since no database yet exists where consumers can easily look up costs, we’re commencing the work of creating one. But we need your help.
This summer and into the fall, we’re turning to you, our community, to share — anonymously — what you have paid for some common procedures. We’re starting with mammograms. (More on “why mammograms?” in a moment.) Continue reading