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THE PROBLEM: MANY MEDICAL BILLS ARE INFLATED WITH UNNECESSARY CARE

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veryone agrees that making healthcare more affordable is a good idea – but having clinicians take responsibility for protecting the patient’s wallet requires new skills, training, and tools.

Healthcare clinicians ultimately determine how 90% of healthcare dollars are spent. However, it is challenging for clinicians to know how their decisions will impact what patients pay.

Increasingly, clinicians are finding that patients expect them to look out for their wallets. Costs of Care has collected hundreds of stories from patients, clinicians, and administrators that demonstrate that high value medical decisions benefit individual patients and society at large.

Just as the patient safety movement helped clinicians think about how to prevent unintended harm, a new movement is needed to help clinicians think about unintended financial harms as well.

Costs of Care sources, curates, and disseminates knowledge from patients and frontline clinicians to help health systems deliver better care at lower cost.