The best quality care is not necessarily the most expensive care.1

Transparent information on cost and quality refers to providing consumers and purchasers of health care with more information that can aid in their decision making and integrate more cost-consciousness into the system. Consumers need to understand what information is the most relevant, as well as basic data on cost and quality in order to become active participants in the decision-making process to determine choice of procedure and provider.2

Although there is currently no indicator to measure access to transparent information on cost and quality, this has been identified as an opportunity for further data development to monitor this priority area of attention.

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1. Dudley, R. A. (n.d.). New Health Care Pricing and Quality Transparency Project Awarded to UCSF – See more at: http://healthpolicy.ucsf.edu/article/new-health-care-pricing-and-quality-transparency-project-awarded-ucsf#sthash.62VJb5J3.dpuf. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from healthpolicy.ucsf.edu: http://healthpolicy.ucsf.edu/article/new-health-care-pricing-and-quality-transparency-project-awarded-ucsf.

2.Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force. (December 2012). Lets Get Healthy California Task Force Final Report. Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, from: https://1pkqo242dqk52rxe3r22f9ts-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Lets-Get-Healthy-California-Task-Force-Final-Report.pdf

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