Message from the Undersecretary
My office, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, has partnered with many Friends of our Empowering Healthcare Consumers Campaign to bring you this website to provide information about price transparency in health care, why you should consider the price of healthcare services, and directs you to your health insurance company’s online cost estimator.
Until recently, consumers weren’t able to get prices of healthcare services ahead of time. Now your health insurance company in Massachusetts has an online cost estimator and phone number to provide the price of commonly used medical procedures and services before you get them.
Using these cost estimators will allow you to know how much a healthcare service will cost you—your out-of-pocket cost—based on how much you’ve spent on your deductible, your co-pay, and your particular health insurance plan. This can be especially helpful if you have a high deductible plan or you have to pay a percentage of total medical expenses. You could even compare doctors, hospitals, and other medical providers by price.
I urge you to use this important price information as one factor to help get the best value for your healthcare dollar and consider price when you most need it—before you obtain healthcare procedures or services so you can make the best choice for you and your family.
In addition, this website gives you a way to obtain quality information about the doctors you choose through The Massachusetts Health Quality Partners’ Healthcare Compass website at healthcarecompassma.org.
You are not just a patient. You are empowered.
The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is committed to empowering all healthcare consumers to more fully engage in decisions affecting their choices of healthcare services and products.
The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness of the price and quality tools and resources available and help you make more informed decisions about your health care.
We would like to thank the “Friends of the Campaign," listed below, for their collaboration and support.