What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

  • Published on Mar 11, 2019
  • In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away -- and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn't have to be this way. She's built a platform that crowdsources the true costs of medical procedures and makes the data public, revealing the secrets of health care pricing. Learn how knowing what stuff costs in advance could make us healthier, save us money -- and help fix a broken system.
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  • Andrew Gordon
    Andrew Gordon 22 days ago

    Good thing that EO was just signed for transparency :))

  • John Currie
    John Currie Month ago

    And Trump just fixed that and still you hate... White people

  • YellowHornetJP
    YellowHornetJP Month ago

    It seems that your dreams were heard.

  • Elton Phillip
    Elton Phillip Month ago

    This TED talk came true this week. 😍🇺🇸

  • LeadStarDude
    LeadStarDude Month ago

    President Trump just made transparent US health care cost a reality.

  • Lyd h
    Lyd h Month ago

    Didn't trump just sign an executive order for transparent health costs?

  • petegiant
    petegiant Month ago

    Trump signed an executive order to have transparency.

  • Chester G.
    Chester G. Month ago

    Trump just passed an exec. order forcing price transparency for the medical industry 🤙

  • Happy Farmer
    Happy Farmer Month ago +1

    So the transparency act has been signed into law! Thank you, President Trump!

  • jakeg0034
    jakeg0034 Month ago +1

    Thank god for trump!

  • njlaw973
    njlaw973 Month ago +1

    Thank you President Trump. You did all of this yesterday with your executive order.

  • MotoAnt
    MotoAnt Month ago

    Well I guess Trump watched this Ted talk lol

  • Truth Be Told
    Truth Be Told Month ago

    and as of today, they are

  • Native American
    Native American Month ago

    The reason that health care cost goes up is due the Illgeal Aliens and indigents. They dont pay their bills so the burden gets passed on to the law abiding citizens who pay their Bill's. It's easy stop giving free medical care to illegal aliens and the prices will drop.

  • Native American
    Native American Month ago

    What if the American citizen didn't have to cover the cost of Illegal Aliens?

  • seth parks
    seth parks Month ago +1

    Ripping people off. Its over Trump just passed this. We'll all know the costs.

    BOB MAN Month ago +1

    and now it is. Thank President Trump

  • Hadrien Mayeux
    Hadrien Mayeux Month ago +1

    Done ^^

  • bigmikekujo2010
    bigmikekujo2010 Month ago +3

    Trump just signed an executive order yesterday for medical transparency now.

  • Michael Manjin
    Michael Manjin Month ago +2

    Well abracadabra wishes granted. Trump just issued an executive order on June 25, 2019 that now makes it mandatory that all medical services by hospitals and doctors have the costs stated up front before services are rendered. This means people can now Google (as she mentions in the Ted talk) for the best rates which translates to much lower costs because now it introduces competition and competition is a beautiful thing by leveling the playing field. So everything this speaker is saying about transparency is now reality. Hallelujah!

  • B L
    B L Month ago


  • Wo Chi
    Wo Chi Month ago

    This is rich people ripping off the consumer ..

  • Alex
    Alex Month ago +3

    thanks to Trump, this will soon change :) MAGA 2020

  • Endelecia Lovato
    Endelecia Lovato Month ago +2

    Thank God President Trump
    signed the Health care transparency act yesterday!!!

  • FL TS
    FL TS Month ago +1


  • Dallas Is Better
    Dallas Is Better Month ago +2

    They are, Trump did that via executive order yesterday

  • SuperOmnicron
    SuperOmnicron Month ago +1

    What if people really controlled there own government and we stopped engineering ourselves

  • Marcella Jaynes
    Marcella Jaynes Month ago +3

    You mean like the Executive Order our AMAZING President Trump just signed?! MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 VOTE TRUMP AGAIN 2020

  • Cliff Warden
    Cliff Warden Month ago +2

    Long live President Donald Trump and all involved in bringing transparency to health care costs in the U.S. Some folks want to hate him for all the wrong reasons and are frightened by his style. They long for the limp-wristed renegade obama, or feel hilldog would have us in better shape. Time will tell us that 45 is one of the best we've ever had.

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  • eamonn w
    eamonn w Month ago

    This is on the way to getting fixed now with latest executive order tvclip.biz/video/sWm8reQuftA/video.html

  • S. Rose
    S. Rose Month ago +1

    Trump just signed an executive order on this today! Woohoo

  • Sam Anne
    Sam Anne Month ago +1

    Well, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED an EXECUTIVE ORDER to make all medical costs TRANSPARENT AND UP FRONT PRICING TODAY 24 June 2019!. ( " but he's such a terrible President, impeach, impeach! ") LMAO!!! TAKE THAT! you bloody PRICE GOUGING CLINIC!!!

  • chimar0
    chimar0 Month ago +2

    Thank you Mr. President

  • jerry baker
    jerry baker Month ago +2

    You just got your wish..TRUMP2020 6.24.19

  • Ray Fiore
    Ray Fiore Month ago +1

    Trump just signed the E.O. for 'Up-Front" costs.

  • John Smith
    John Smith Month ago

    Thank god for trump new executive order

  • Augustus Caesar
    Augustus Caesar Month ago

    Trump just signed an executive order today to make healthcare costs more transparent. The more you know.

  • Ryan Still
    Ryan Still Month ago

    Looks like Trump listened.

  • Nathan MacLellan
    Nathan MacLellan Month ago

    Trump just passed a bill making all healthcare costs transparent!!!

  • R
    R Month ago +1

    Weird this recommendation show up in my feed after a few hours later,after Trump sign the executive Order to make healthcare billing Transparent,apparently were gonna be able to know the Prices in Advance

  • 01Fratricide
    01Fratricide Month ago +1

    It just happend, Trump signed an Executive Order for Transparent Healthcare cost... Heathcare cost will now by law be Transparent,

  • Monty Thibault
    Monty Thibault Month ago +1

    Like my comment if you're here after the Health Care Price Transparency executive order!

  • Teemo Jungle
    Teemo Jungle Month ago


  • O8080808O
    O8080808O 3 months ago +1

    Oh, you mean free market capitalism.

  • Yasin B.
    Yasin B. 3 months ago

    Can anyone tell me if the price variation she notes correlates with the quality of the procedure?

  • AEO Co
    AEO Co 4 months ago

    The reason why healthcare costs so much is due to all the beurocracy. There's too many people on this planet, so useless, needless and pointless jobs are created just for the sake of having needless positions for needless people. It's time we purged the useless.

  • Krzysztof Rudnicki
    Krzysztof Rudnicki 4 months ago

    US healthcare is just like US. A joke.

  • Nicolas Xu
    Nicolas Xu 4 months ago

    What she did is so good!

  • Inayet Hadi
    Inayet Hadi 4 months ago

    Or worse yet, Kaiser Permanente charging you for services or medicine not received and then denying it

  • Pistachio Macaroon
    Pistachio Macaroon 4 months ago

    Wow...even private health care in Canada is cheaper than the US.
    Canada has a 2 tier system, Public and Private.
    I went to a private clinic and thought I would pay American prices. Nope.--200$ CAD for doctor's visit, no waiting. I was seen on time on my appointed time, and 3 complimentary phone calls. 50$ CAD for blood work and an email with my blood test results.
    11$ CAD for my monthly meds.
    Total of 261$ CAD for private health care, blood tests and 3 calls from my doctor each week in one month to ensure I was fine on my meds.
    That's 195$ USD.
    Man...so happy to live in Canada.

  • thatbunnyguy
    thatbunnyguy 4 months ago

    This is the single best thing we can do for healthcare in the US. Thank you Jeanne Pinder for helping this along.

  • jennifer stewarts
    jennifer stewarts 4 months ago

    Ok there are some MAJOR issues with this, because none of this takes into account "Skill". In many cases, when your being administered anesthetics. You are not just paying for the medicine, your paying for the "Skill" of the person administering it. How good he is at monitoring flow rates, at monitoring vitals, at recognizing situations before the start and making the necessary changes BEFORE a situation becomes a complication.
    With something like, an MRI or X-ray, how "New" is the machine, how much detail can they get on it, how much radiation will you be exposed to, Do you want to pay 230 for a 30 year old machine that could have you glowing in the dark afterwords? 550 for a machine that will work but might not have the contrast or image quality to see a small anomaly, or 3200 for a top of the line, machine that needs more power, more techs, more time, is in greater demand, and who's tech's can identify even the smallest problems and decide if further steps are needed?
    To use a car analogy, do you want to pay 19.99 for an oil filter, and 20 dollars for a mechanic who... might leave their cleaning rag inside the filter holder... or 19.99 for the same filter, but 60 dollars for a mechanic who will not only replace it but make sure its actually compatible , make sure all the bolts are tightened down properly and give the engine a few tests to make sure the instillation was done right, an the part is working properly.

    • clearhealthcosts.com
      clearhealthcosts.com 4 months ago

      Price transparency is not the only thing that is broken in health care--quality transparency is too. Show me a good set of quality metrics, and we will incorporate them yesterday!

  • TheQeps
    TheQeps 4 months ago

    Very interesting, very relevant. But That woman got to be the most boring person alive. She should really get someone else to do the presentation to sell their idea.

    • TheQeps
      TheQeps 4 months ago

      @clearhealthcosts.com Please don't apologise. My comment was not an attack but a harsh reality. I don't doubt your sincerity on this matter, but no one can do everything. In order to sell good ideas charisma and charm in necessary to capture the audience, something you don't have.

    • clearhealthcosts.com
      clearhealthcosts.com 4 months ago

      Ah, sorry!

  • Andrew Morton
    Andrew Morton 4 months ago

    Just a mention. Health care in the UK takes half as much of our GDP as it does in the USA. We don't have to 'shop around' because the National Health Service is funded from taxation

  • UssrCJ
    UssrCJ 4 months ago

    Third Party cost.

  • ross podvin
    ross podvin 4 months ago

    It's pretty bad when you know how much its going to cost to get your car fixed but you have no idea how much your hospital bill will be

  • Star Fiche
    Star Fiche 4 months ago

    As expected, a 7 minute talk on healthcare costs says absolutely nothing.

  • Mark Foundas
    Mark Foundas 4 months ago

    What if someone set up a company and sold the information - like a Consumer Reports Subscription Service that you bought every year - and those subscribers submitted their healthcare bills for analysis of the data to support the service.

  • stoeger 2
    stoeger 2 4 months ago

    I couldn't imagine needing to go to the hospital, but the first thing to think of is can I afford it

  • AlphaOmega
    AlphaOmega 4 months ago +1

    Shapiro fans downvoting this

  • Caffeinated Nation
    Caffeinated Nation 4 months ago

    Fraud in the healthcare system?

  • Chen Lee
    Chen Lee 4 months ago

    Echo 10 minutes with a $25 per hour tech on a $10,000 machine.

  • userasdf
    userasdf 4 months ago

    Basically insurance companies won't allow it. Each insurance bargains with a hospital or lab for a specific price and if everyone knew the price than I surname companies couldn't bargain and get deals without it seeming unfair to other insurance companies. It'll lead to some actual competition which isn't allowed. :p

  • AnyWho
    AnyWho 4 months ago

    they knew this years ago, that's why they don't bill the patients directly. they never wanted the patients to know anything. if they don't know the cost or the procedure done then they cant question anything, only pay they bill. they said it was to make it less confusing for the patient, as if they are actually doing us a favor. but it never was that, it was to keep us in the dark. healthcare is a scam at its best. and wont go anywhere anytime soon until the patient starts questioning everything that is done to them and what they or there insurance is paying for...

  • McHrozni
    McHrozni 4 months ago

    Add prices of comparable treatments across the border or the Atlantic ocean.
    You'll see a revolution within a few years.

  • Ultimate Powa
    Ultimate Powa 4 months ago +1

    This is it chief

  • Alejandro Z
    Alejandro Z 4 months ago

    The proper term for a person staying/visiting a hospital or clinic is patient, but in reality, the term should be a customer.

  • woulfe42
    woulfe42 4 months ago

    To bad this will never happen, that's like asking transparency and Wall Street good luck with that.

  • Sergio Mora
    Sergio Mora 4 months ago

    Tim Cooks sister?

  • Independence City Motoring

    This is what I've been saying- all medical providers should by law publish their prices to a central website where consumers can comparison shop for medical services. Right now there's no competition because there's no transparency.

    • Ultimate Powa
      Ultimate Powa 4 months ago

      Yeah, everybody calling for "free" healthcare doesn't realize it just makes the problem worse, because Hospitals will still do the same old thing, and the "free" health care company that you are assigned to by the government saves every penny they can, denying you the services you actually need to be able to physically breath.
      So instead you end up going to the hospital where you wait for 8 hours while the doctor tries to work out something with the insurance company that is acceptable, meanwhile you're literally dying from asphyxiation.
      Free market, transparent competition is the way forward.

  • Walter Frost
    Walter Frost 4 months ago

    Yeah, good luck with transparency. There is NO incentive to be transparent! Medicine is a business nothing more. My insurance pays about $700 for my annual physical and for that my doctor spends about 30 seconds examining me. Really? and this past year I got a bill for 2 office visits because he answered some questions, can you believe, the guy wanted to get paid twice which the insurance company and I both said NO to. Not going to happen. Medicine or extortion on demand....same thing

  • NotJustOpinions
    NotJustOpinions 4 months ago

    I live in France, after 3 decades in USA. My dad got cancer and my family went bankrupt in 2001. Currently, my mother-in-law has had cancer for 2+ years, and though it is terminal and she needs constant in-home care and chemo - sometimes she visits the ER as well - not a single cent has been paid. Now for something totally cool : because I am a dual citizen, if I get sick in USA i give them my carte vital, and the hospital must take care of me and bill the Republique of France! USA is totally backwards, cares more about guns than people. USA is a great place toe visit but in a globalized world, you're better off living elsewhere.

  • Xion Memoria
    Xion Memoria 4 months ago

    I'm in a wheelchair due to a knee deformity. It would have been a 30 minute surgical fix if it had been done in childhood, but my insurance said the deformity had to cripple me first before they'd pat. This year, it did. Now I need a 45 minute surgery, but I no longer have insurance.
    This surgery is very common. So common that other nations do it for free in poor African nations. I will likely never have this surgery because they want $25,000 up front, with another $15,000 if a complication arises. I can't work in my condition, but since it's such a quick and easy fix I can't get disability benefits either.
    I've honestly considered doing something illegal to get arrested so I can have the surgery via the prison system. Or intentionally injuring myself further so that it has to be done via emergency surgery and I can make payments. The government is losing out on a lifetime of tax $ from a 20 something because they don't prioritize health. Anyone in the UK need a wife? I make great pies!

  • WarmWeatherGuy
    WarmWeatherGuy 4 months ago

    You would think that the insurance companies would want to pay the smaller amount but they actually make more money when things cost more. They're in cahoots with the medical providers / drug makers. By dealing with larger numbers they make more money as they get a percentage of the money that passes through their hands.