Trans­paren­cy and Health Care Consumerism
by Jor­dan Shields

Ask any­one who has suf­fered a seri­ous injury or ill­ness, or is liv­ing with a chron­ic con­di­tion neces­si­tat­ing con­tin­u­al and con­sid­er­able expense, how they feel about the state of health care in the U.S. The inner work­ings of our health-care deliv­ery sys­tem remain a mys­tery. Trans­paren­cy is help­ful, but like all such leg­is­la­tion, it spawns addi­tion­al ques­tions. For exam­ple, what does the ter­mi­nol­o­gy mean? Does this include any con­tract or cash dis­counts? Are there alter­na­tive ther­a­pies or pro­ce­dures avail­able, and what do they cost?

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