AG Maura Healey calling for transparency in healthcare costs

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State law requires health care providers to disclose costs to their patients, but it’s not always easy to access those numbers.

Attorney General Maura Healey wants to make it easier for patients to find out what they’re paying for medical procedures or doctor’s visits.  

A 2014 state law requires Massachusetts physicians and hospitals to provide cost information for all procedures and services they provide. At Wednesday’s Health Policy Commission meeting, Attorney General Healey called on the healthcare industry to change their practices to make their costs more transparent. 

The AG is recommending standard pricing for health care services, so consumers can make informed decisions, giving them the option to shop around.

For instance, the same service could cost you $1,000 at one hospital and $300 at another. Healey is recommending the creation of a database to make that information easier to access.

Currently, patients have to make a number of phone calls and information requests to get a cost break down, and many give up or lose interest before they get the figures they need. 

State officials say the new recommendations would transform the healthcare industry by allowing patients to easily access service costs across the state, and most importantly, save you some money.

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