PUBLIC AGENDA MEDIA | APRIL 5TH, 2017

Still Searching: How People in New York State Use Health Care Price Information

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New York State’s health care spending, both overall and per capita, is among the highest of all the states in the nation. The state’s residents, 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. But 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, and New York was one of 43 states that received grades of “F” for their price transparency laws from Catalyst for Payment Reform in 2016. The state is, however, planning to create an online platform to disseminate price and quality information to its residents based on an all-payer database—a crucial building block of price transparency efforts. As these developments unfold, this research explores New York State residents’ behaviors, attitudes and perspectives related to health care price information.

Findings are based on a representative survey of 802 adults in New York State 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 and the New York State Health Foundation. These surveys were conducted in conjunction with representative surveys in three additional states: Texas, Florida and New Hampshire. (2017)

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