Brookings: Health Policy Issue Brief: Recommendations to Achieve a More Transparent Health Care System for Consumers

by: Domitilla Masi, Caitlin Brandt & Kavita Patel, 2/3/15

As solutions to address excessive health care costs continue to attract debate, policymakers and researchers believe that increasing health care data transparency – the process of providing the public and other critical stakeholders with information on health care prices and quality of care – is key to achieving overall health system improvement. Unlike any other market, consumers of health care do not have ready and user-friendly access to cost and quality information, which means they cannot compare the price or quality for a particular service (knee replacement, diagnostic test, etc.) before they purchase it.