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Healthc (Amst). 2016 Mar;4(1):3-5. doi: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2015.06.004. Epub 2015 Jul 2.

Crowdsourcing healthcare costs: Opportunities and challenges for patient centered price transparency.

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1
Center for Emergency Care Policy Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Electronic address: zfmamp.wharton@upenn.edu.
2
Center for Emergency Care Policy Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Penn Medicine Social Media and Health Innovation Lab, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
3
Center for Emergency Care Policy Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Penn Medicine Social Media and Health Innovation Lab, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

Efforts to improve health care price transparency have garnered significant attention from patients, policy makers, and health insurers. In response to increasing consumer demand, state governments, insurance plans, and health care providers are reporting health care prices. However, such data often do not provide consumers with the most salient information: their own actual out-of-pocket cost for medical care. Although untested, crowdsourcing, a mechanism for the public to help answer complex questions, represents a potential solution to the problem of opaque hospital costs. This article explores, the challenges and potential opportunities for crowdsourcing out-of-pocket costs for healthcare consumers.

KEYWORDS:

Crowdsourcing; Hospital charge data; Out-of-pocket cost; Price transparency

PMID:
27001090
DOI:
10.1016/j.hjdsi.2015.06.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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