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Comment & Response
February 17, 2015

Goals of Displaying Health Care Prices to Physicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
JAMA. 2015;313(7):728. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17445

To the Editor The price of medical care is an essential component in the assessment of value. Drs Riggs and DeCamp1 discussed concerns about the display of price to physicians. The discussion is confounded when expanded to the goal of informing patients and ensuring fairness.

The key stakeholder in the assessment of the value of health care services is the patient. The physician’s role as expert is to recommend the most cost-effective evaluation and management strategy. The authors’ initial question of which price is right reflects that perspective.