PUBLIC AGENDA MEDIA | APRIL 5TH, 2017

Still Searching: How Floridians Use Health Care Price Information

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Floridians, like many Americans, bear a significant share of their health care costs in the form of high deductibles and insurance premiums, as well as copayments and, sometimes, coinsurance. Health care systems in the United States have historically not made it easy for people to find out how much their care will cost them. In 2016, Florida was one of 43 states that received a grade of “F” from Catalyst for Payment Reform for their price transparency laws. But Florida passed price transparency legislation in 2016. In 2017, the state selected a vendor to create a more robust online price information tool and began implementing an all-payer claims database—a crucial building block of price transparency efforts. In this changing landscape of price transparency, this research explores Floridians’ behaviors, attitudes and perspectives related to health care price information.

Findings are based on a representative survey of 819 adults in Florida and a nationally representative survey of 2,062 U.S. adults, conducted from July through September 2016 by telephone, including cell phones, and online.

Public Agenda conducted this research with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These surveys were conducted in conjunction with representative surveys in three additional states: New York, Texas and New Hampshire. (2017)

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