Rising Health Costs, Soaring Drug Prices, Confusing Bills! What’s A Consumer To Do?

What should you do when you get a four-figure hospital bill? Are there any simple ways to bring down health costs?

Kaiser Health News correspondent Shefali Luthra tackled these and other questions in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat on Friday. The takeaways: Health care prices are part of a complex, confusing system — and for consumers, the best option can be to demand transparency about medical prices, and negotiate to bring down expenses.

To see the full chat — a thread with more than 200 comments — click here.

KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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