As Americans shoulder more health care costs, this Public Agenda research suggests that many are hungry for more and better price information. However, some obstacles remain to increasing the number of Americans who compare prices before getting care.
While insurance companies and vendors are developing tools to make out-of-pocket health care prices more transparent, price information remains largely hidden. Nonetheless, 56 percent of Americans have actively looked for such information before getting care, including 21 percent who have compared prices across multiple providers. Those who have compared prices say doing so has affected their choices and saved them money.