Consumer discretion necessary to contain health costs

Meaningful cost containment within the healthcare system depends on patients carefully monitoring how much they pay for care, according to Marketwatch. "You can't be a citizen any longer and not realize there are no more magical solutions to these problems," said Reed Tuckson, M.D., a consultant who was formerly an executive with UnitedHealth Group and the American Medical Association. Rising out-of-pocket costs are putting the onus on consumers to make careful decisions when choosing their services, which will spur them to press their providers for more information on their prices and quality of care, according to the article. >> Read the full article at FierceHealthFinance

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