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“Transparency” in Health Care

If you were about to buy a car do you think you would shop around first to check out your options to be sure you’re getting the best possible value and the highest quality? You might read reviews online, look the company’s website, and ask the dealership every possible question you can think of about your upcoming purchase. Now let’s say that your doctor suggests you have a surgical procedure in the near future to decrease your chance of a heart attack. Do you think that you “shop around” for the best surgery like you might for a new car? The answer to this questions for many Americans is unfortunately, no.

Although they may not be perfected yet, the tools are out there to help you make sure you’re receiving the safest health care at the lowest prices. Here are some of the tools that you can use to make sure you’re getting the best health care possible. Happy shopping!