I just got an email from the creator of a website called Out of Pocket that is attempting to collect and disseminate ("expose") information about the true costs of various medical treatments and procedures.

As you know from my recent posts on health care, I'm a big proponent of market-based solutions and the cornerstone of the free market is freely available information. Unfortunately, it's often very difficult to compare prices between health care providers because they know a lot more than we do and most of their patients pay indirectly through insurance rather than directly out-of-pocket.

I'm very excited to see this site, and I'll be checking it before I go to the doctor -- even if just to know what my health insurance is actually doing for me.

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