Here's what consumers would need to know to make health care truly market-based. If state lawmakers here want to take a real practical step toward protecting Californians from Trumpcare, they should require doctor, hospital, lab and drug prices to be public. And if
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"I went in for a lab test the other day, and they asked me to sign a form that said I would pay for whatever amount was beyond my health insurance," Jones said. "I said, 'I'm not signing until I know what the test costs.' "
"They said, 'We can't tell you what the lab test costs.' "
Prices varied wildly, he said, and he finally extracted a promise from his provider to have the test done at the lab that was within his coverage limits. Unfortunately, he noted, few consumers can assert themselves with such confidence because so much of health care pricing is secret.
"I liken it to going into department store with a bag over your head," Jones said. "You push your cart through the store, pull items off the shelves, hand the checkout person your credit card, they swipe it -- bag's still over your head, by the way -- and then when you get out to the food court, you finally see what you bought and how much it costs. That's basically what we do in the medical care space. To save your life, you can't find out what this stuff costs." --
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