Monday, January 30, 2012

Health Care Spring

In the information age, price information is everywhere.  People shop for cars, computers, tablets, shoes, books and all sorts of other goods. People compare prices and find deals.  Indeed, the consumer is savvier than ever before.

So in an information-saturated world, why are patients not searching for health care prices?  Certainly, many forces in medicine seek to obscure prices.  Clear prices have been very difficult to find for decades.  But is that still true?  Are there no places to find good price information?

My hope is that empowered people and transparent health care price information collide on HealthScepter. From consumer capitalism in the USA to regime change in the Middle East, the infusion of information to country-wide populations transforms societies.  We need a Health Care Spring to transform our health care system from price opacity to price clarity.  With that transparency change, we may be able to change arbitrary rules to meaningful guidelines, domineering hierarchy to mutual respect, and disorganized chaos to cooperative systems.  We cannot reach these goals without the honest common language of price transparency.  Without all parties making decisions based on clear and widely known price information, we will never be able to move forward.

These changes all start with good information.  HealthScepter helps you find the price answers you need to make good decisions with labs, medications, equipment and more.  So the action question today is: when was the last time you searched for prices for your own personal health care needs?

Start today.

Monday, January 23, 2012

First Things

Welcome to my blog.  My writings will focus on the topics of medicine, economics, politics, theology and technology.  There is scarcely a more interesting topic than what we do and how we interact as people.
I started HealthScepter out of necessity; many decisions made in primary care are based on price or perceived price.  Many times as a physician, you are asked “what does ____ cost?”  I determined to find the answer to that question for my patients.  But after extensive research, it became progressively more difficult to store all of the price information in my head (and seemed wrong to me too – I wanted others to know what I found out).  So HealthScepter was constructed to bring people and price information together.

Many people I meet feel that the healthcare system is spinning out of control (and it is).  With the transparency that the internet brings, there is a fantastic opportunity in healthcare to learn more about pricing.  Knowledge is power; my hope is that each person viewing HealthScepter will have their eyes opened.  A new world is possible, but it requires new thinking.  Forget the healthcare system of old; the old system is passing away.

I invite you to think, interact, and learn.  We are in this together.  HealthScepter was made so you can Rule Your Healthcare.