Would you rather pay $11,000 or $126,000 for a hip replacement? Would you rather go into a hospital that had a near zero chance of you acquiring an infection while on site or a 15% chance? That kind of range in quality and in value of service is rampant in the medical field. Without this information, a consumer cannot wisely choose the appropriate health procedures and providers and there is little incentive for health providers to improve when their performance is secret.
Providers' self-preservation instinct and fear of loss of control will not allow them to provide this data voluntarily.Though Medicare.gov and others are trying to get this information to the public, the data supplied is generally voluntary, incomplete and impossible to use by regular people. Mandatory reporting, a simple rating system and wide dispersal are the way to use the power of customer choice to improve healthcare.
“The doctor of the future will be oneself.” ― Albert Schweitzer