Regardless of whether you celebrated or grieved the results of our recent presidential election, the reality is a new administration will soon be upon us. And as with any change, there is fear, there are rumors and there is uncertainty.
On a website that details the President-Elect's views on health policy reform, Transparency—an issue near and dear to our HealthInsight hearts—appears to be a priority:
"Require price transparency from all health care providers, especially doctors and health care organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure."
This policy principle is consistent with a business-like approach to health care, an industry that has historically lacked some of the fundamental elements of successful, competitive business markets, such as a consumer orientation and access to comparative performance information.