Decisions about health care

Joe Paduda over at Managed Care Matters  has a news post up Decisions about health care where he posits that better information will not lead to better consumer decisions.  This is prompted by a study from the California Healthcare Foundation debunking the “myth” that better information about cost and outcomes will lead to better consumer decision making.

I agree with Joe’s conclusion that better information is not a panacea – but I think the proposition that consumers cannot make better (health care) decisions with better information is very condescending – and stinks of one more effort by the major players to avoid transparency.

Of course some medical decisions are so complex that they are well beyond the ability of consumers to make a decision – but on the other hand, there are MAJOR differences in cost and outcomes across providers – and consumers could sure benefit from seeing it.

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