Online Tools to Shop for Doctors Snag on Health Care’s Complexity

NYT, 16 June 2016
Author: Reed Abelson
“Today, online tools can show you which doctors are in your plan’s network as well as rank them by the likely cost of a visit. The idea behind these web tools, which have been available from health insurers and start-ups for several years, is to harness the power of so-called big data. The companies cull medical claims and other sources of information to help people become sophisticated shoppers for medical care — and they promise to curb the overall cost of health care in the process. By some estimates, the savings from this newfound transparency could run in the billions of dollars a year.”
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