Millions of Americans have no health insurance. Millions of others have health coverage that includes high deductibles.
Both these groups often have to pay upfront for the whole cost of a medical procedure or a visit to a doctor. And these prices can have wide variation, even within a single community.
Three major health insurers are doing something about that. UnitedHealthcare’s parent company, along with Humana and Aetna, are leading an industry initiative
to make medical price information available to consumers on the Internet.
The independent nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute will create and administer this online portal, expected to be available in January.
Separately, a health care website Monday rolled out some price information for people who “self-pay” — or have no insurance — in various markets around the country.