Pricing Made Public?

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Today on a popular spine industry blog site, the commentator revealed specific pricing and terms of a hospital contract with procedure specific details.  Subsequently, a swell of animas ensued brining up the question, is that a reckless move as some assert or the wave of the future as others protest?  Should there be transparency in pricing, or is specific hospital pricing privileged and confidential?  Is the publishing of pricing  a threat to the industry?  We’d like to know what you think?

4 Comments

  1. Orthopedic Surgeon, Dallas TX

    There was a press release today about a Southern California Surgeon Owned Distributor who actually lowered their pricing. Maybe the price wars can actually start now.

  2. Historically, people who sell based upon price eventually erode their own profit and or commission to the extent that it ultimately undermines their own quality of work. This being heavily service oriented work, you have to think not only about the impact your actions have upon yourself, but also others.

  3. Transparency is necessary in our current health care environment. It deflates organizations that bill excessively and it is a deterrent to fraud. It allows for competitive pricing which, in turn, lowers pricing and overall health costs.

  4. Transparency is necessary in our current health care environment. It deflates organizations that bill excessively and it is a deterrent to fraud. It allows for competitive pricing which, in turn, lowers pricing and overall health costs.

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