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October 22/29, 2014

Providing Price Displays for PhysiciansWhich Price Is Right?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2014;312(16):1631-1632. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7105

Price transparency is gaining momentum as one way to address the cost crisis in US health care. Attention frequently focuses on patients’ awareness of prices.1 Less attention has been given to initiatives designed to increase physicians’ awareness. Recent research demonstrates that displaying prices to physicians is associated with reduced expenditures2,3 and is well received by physicians.3 Price displays are also being used to teach cost-consciousness in medical education.4

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