The obscurity of health care pricing undermines trust in medicine – American Medical Association

November 12, 2022

The chronic ambiguity surrounding how much health services will cost patients can undermine trust in physicians and health care organizations. But with the push for price transparency, it has become clear that answering the question, “How much will it cost?” is at times nearly impossible.
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The November issue of AMA Journal of Ethics® (@JournalofEthics) investigates why price transparency matters clinically and ethically to physicians and other stakeholders in the U.S. health system.
The issue includes the following articles.
The journal’s November “Ethics Talk” podcast features a discussion with Mark Rukavina, a program director with the nonprofit advocacy organization Community Catalyst, on how consumer advocacy groups can help advance health justice and equity. 
The November issue also features eight author-interview podcasts. Listen to previous episodes of the “Ethics Talk” podcast or subscribe in Apple Podcasts or other services.
Also, CME modules drawn from this month’s issue are collected at the AMA Ed Hub™ AMA Journal of Ethics webpage.
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