Here is a privileged tech savy guy explaining how an app with access to the pricing data of medical services, he used an example of 3 locations that provide MRI services, will allow “consumers” of medical services to make better financial decisions and choose the one that costs the least.
Obviuosly we do not live in the same world.
I might agree if all the stars line up, and the patient, not a consumer, was looking for wellness services and/or help with a minor problem, AND that person had a doctor who knew, what his services cost AND gave the patient options of what other service providers could be chosen or hospitals could be used while retaining said doctor’s services AND if the patient’s insurance covered said services AND the patient had several weeks to sort through all the options needed to resolve one minor health issue.
This is not normally the situation for the ill child’s parent, the accident victim, the college student who contracts a serious illness like meningitis, the person who has a heart attack, dog bite, cancer diagnosis, sports injury, depression, or just a high fever and pain.
Also just because three places offer the same service via an MRI device, does not mean the quality of service, staff and availability are the same. Not even businesses always take the low service bid.
Then comes this individual truly believing that all of his “consumers” have easy access to and can use tech, multiple doctor and hospital choices, etc. He also assumes they can read and reason at an above 4th grade level. Check USA literacy stats and the latest reviews about the lack of the ability to reason our college graduates now exhibit.
HEALTH CARE IS NOT A CONSUMER BUSINESS.