Choosing Primary Care Physicians Based On Low Office Visit Price Can Save Money for Patients With High Deductible Plans

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Dr. Ateev Mehrotra Associate professor, Department of Health Care Policy Harvard Medical School and a  hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Ateev Mehrotra

Dr. Ateev Mehrotra MD
Associate professor, Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School and a
hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: More people in the US are using price transparency websites to shop for care. Some have wondered whether using the information on these websites to choose a doctor will help them actually save money. A relatively small difference in price for visits on the website translated into hundreds of dollars.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: If you are in a high-deductible health plan, choosing a primary care physician with low price will likely save you money.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: How do we present the information to people so they find the information more compelling.

MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.

Citation:

Patients Who Choose Primary Care Physicians Based On Low Office Visit Price Can Realize Broader Savings
Ateev Mehrotra, Peter J. Huckfeldt, Amelia M. Haviland, Laura Gascue, and Neeraj Sood
Health Aff December 2016 35:122319-2326;doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0408

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