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HL20: Charles Ornstein—Pushing Healthcare Transparency for the Public Good
Health Leaders Media

It’s hard to make an argument against transparency in healthcare.

When pressed, hospitals, insurers, nursing homes, physicians, and government officials all say they’re “for it” and go on about how transparency will play a critical role in “bending the cost curve” by allowing patients to become wise consumers of their healthcare dollars.

When it’s time to go public, however, that altruism often evaporates, as few really want anyone else to know how much they charge for something, or how much they get paid for it, or if they’re having quality issues.