Chapter 13: Shopping for Health Care

207  controversial health insurance substitutes: “ ‘Sham’ Sharing Ministries Test Faith of Patients and Insurance Regulators,” Kaiser Health News, May 17, 2019,

207  cost calculator:

208  Patient Rights Advocates:

208  Cynthia Fisher: “A Powerful Lobbying Tool in the Trump Era: the President’s Ear,” Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2019,

208  New Choice Health:

208  ClearHealthCosts:

208  Surgery Center of Oklahoma:

208  KISx Card:

209  downloads of its chargemaster: “Hospital Standard Charges” (Excel spreadsheet), University of Utah Health,

210  2,900-item chargemaster: “Intermountain Medical Center Chargemaster” (Excel spreadsheet), Intermountain Healthcare,—chargemaster.xlsx?la=en.

211  report from Altarun: “Revealing the Truth about Healthcare Price Transparency,” Altarun, June 2018,

211  later study by Altarum: “Consumer-Centric Evaluation of Healthcare Price and Quality Transparency Tools,” Altarum, April 19, 2019,

213  popularized by Malcolm Gladwell: Malcolm Gladwell, “Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule,” New Yorker, August 21, 2013,

216  “Find a Fair Price”: “Find Your Fair Price,” Healthcare Bluebook,

217  Health Care Cost Institute:

217  Healthy Marketplace Index:


219  FAIR Health:

219  Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System: “HCPCS – General Information,”, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,

219  Procedure Price Lookup Tool:

220  keeps track: “Interactive State Report Map,” All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) Council,

221  Maryland Health Care Commission:

221  Center for Improving Value in Health Care:

222  Illinois Hospital Report Card:

222  Compare Maine:

222  MNHealthScores:

222  NH HealthCost:

222  Oregon Hospital Guide:

222  Hospital Report Cards: “Review and Compare Hospitals Using Hospital Report Cards (2020),” Vermont Department of Health,

222  Healthcare Pricing Transparency Report: “Healthcare Pricing Transparency,” Virginia Health Information,

222  Washington State MONAHRQ:

222  My Health Wisconsin:

223  ViaCord: