Study examines if out-of-network doctors are worth the cost

November 14, 2012
Are out-of-network doctors worth the cost?

A Yale team of researchers has looked at the cost of seeking out-of-network medical care, and whether private insurance companies are transparent about the cost.

They sought to determine the proportion of privately insured adults using out-of-network physicians, the prevalance of involuntary out-of-network visits due to , and whether patients experienced problems with cost transparency. They found notable problems with cost transparency among insurance companies and regulatory agencies, and urged stronger measures to protect consumers from having to pay high, unanticipated charges.

The study appears online in the Health Services Research journal.

Explore further: Results of physician cost profiling can vary widely, study finds

More information: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6773.12007/full

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