Voodoo: A Patient’s Explanation of Health Care Costs

When I told my husband that my ob-gyn had recommended two diagnostic exams, he requested that I try out the the insurance company’s online “cost estimator” tool. This exercise was about being an educated patient, not necessarily going with the lowest cost facility, he assured me. “So, we’re going to shop for health care the way we shop for refrigerators?” was the sarcastic response edging its way closer to the tip of my tongue.

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