Historically, consumers have not had consistent access to health care price and quality information when choosing a doctor or seeking a particular treatment. Meanwhile, prices continue to rise with little or no relationship to the measureable quality of care provided. Consumers are also increasingly expected to finance larger proportions of the costs of their care. More than ever before, consumers can benefit financially from shopping for health care services. This data brief highlights the variation that exists in actual prices paid for common health care services; and illustrates how much consumers' expenditures can be impacted. Consumers' out-of-pocket health care spending is rising. Per capita out-of-pocket spending for the employer sponsored insurance population rose from $662 to $707 in 2013. Consumers out-of-pocket spending is affected by variations in the prices. The national average variation in commercially insured consumer out-of-pocket spending for a non-contrast MRI--hip/knee/ankle was $342 in 2013.
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