You have the right to know what your health care will cost, and providers have the responsibility to tell you.
Health care is one of the largest sectors of our economy. Yet, it’s the least transparent. In no other industry but health care are Americans compelled to pay for a service without seeing the price upfront.
Federal law requires hospitals and insurers to display prices upfront so patients can shop for healthcare services, tests, or procedures, just as you shop for anything else on the market.
But that isn’t happening. Americans are still getting hit with surprise medical bills, when it’s too late to negotiate. Nearly 60% of people report receiving a medical bill they weren’t expecting.
We would never buy anything without knowing how much it is going to cost upfront. Prices in health care should work the same way.
Help us ensure that happens by sharing your story. Has the American healthcare system ripped you—or someone you know—off? We want to hear what happened.