How To Shop For Healthcare Like A ProDecember 19, 2017
Imagine dealing with an auto repair in the same way we purchase our health care. Let’s say your car begins to have problems and you’re worried the thing could leave you stranded with no transportation. You make an appointment at a dealer, and based on your car’s symptoms the first available time to talk to a mechanic is 3 weeks from today at 2:00pm. When the date finally arrives, you’re not called from the lobby until 2:45, and the mechanic has to see another 10 people before 5:00, so he’s in a bit of a rush. He presents you with several repair options, but when you ask about cost he tells you that he doesn’t know — you’ll get a bill about a month after the work is done for an amount somewhere between $50 and $500. By the way, you probably won’t be able to understand the charges listed, and if you want to compare costs with other mechanics, none of them will have prices either.
The average consumer would never tolerate an experience like this with their car, yet we do with medical care. The good news is