Only six states make information about the cost of medical procedures available to patients online, and that information usually is uneven, outdated, difficult to navigate, or unavailable, a Public Citizen study shows. The six states are California, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Public Citizen examined state consumer websites to fine out just how easy – or difficult – it is for consumers to get basic information about health care costs.
Nearly 20 states have tried to track health care payments to help their consumers and researchers better understand the costs of basic medical procedures in their state, but the efforts aren’t helping patients, Public Citizen found. The conclusion: States have a long way to go to provide adequate information for consumers to help them avoid being ripped off.