Public Agenda Report on Price Transparency Featured in Fierce Health Finance

Publication Date: 
March 19, 2015

In an article outlining price transparency considerations for providers, Fierce Health Finance cited findings from a recent Public Agenda report on Americans' use of price data in health care. In their study, funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s "Understanding the Use and Impact of Price Data in Health Care" solicitation, David Schleifer, Ph.D., and Carolin Hagelskamp, Ph.D., of Public Agenda examined consumers' opinions, preferences, current habits, barriers, and needs with regard to price data and price data tools. Their findings suggest that more than half of Americans have actively looked for health care price information, with 21 percent comparing prices across multiple providers. However, some obstacles remain to increasing the number of Americans who compare prices before getting care.