Most consumers (between 58 and 71 percent in a recent survey) don’t necessarily believe that you get what you pay for in health care. A report in the journal Health Affairs analyzed the responses of 2,010 adults to four questions about the relationship between health care prices and quality, such as “Would you say higher prices are typically a sign of better quality medical care or not?” and “If one doctor charged less than another doctor for the same service, would you think that the less expensive doctor is providing lower quality care or would you not think that?” and got the above results.

For most consumer products you expect the price to reflect the quality of that product, but in health care there is limited evidence that that is the case.

This should serve as an encouragement for consumers to check out their health care providers and their quality of service as well as their costs.

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