California health care cost transparency laws are seriously lacking, according to a new national study released Monday, which looked at how much health care pricing information is readily available to consumers.
(Find the study attached to the right.)
California received a "D" for its overall legislative effort toward price transparency for health care, according to the report. Thirty-six states received a "D" of "F" and only 14 got a grade of "C" or better. Massachusetts and New Hampshire were the only states to receive an "A."
The study graded each state on a set of criteria, awarding more points to states with laws requiring health care cost information be posted on a website. States received less points if their laws require the information be released in a public report, be made available on request or only require release to a specific state agency.
Estimated prices for certain healthcare procedures in your area can be found on sites such as healthcarebluebook.com. It lists procedures such as vaginal delivery for $6,684 and chest x-rays for $54 in the Arcadia area.