Jeanne Pinder: What if all US health care costs were transparent?
Jeanne Pinder asks why it's so hard to make sense of US healthcare bills -- and suggests what we might do about it. Full bio
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had three bits of minor surgery,
alone was 2,000 dollars;
I'm like, what's up with that?
for the expensive one,
for a generic anti-nausea drug
for two dollars and forty-nine cents.
argument with the hospital,
that this was totally fine.
I talked to people, the more I realized:
what stuff costs in health care.
that procedure or test
what it's going to cost.
an "explanation of benefits"
a little while later.
from the New York Times,
20 years as a journalist.
was to build a company
in health care.
pitch contest to do just that.
of our gross domestic product last year,
as a cash payment for simple procedures.
let us tell you that,"
that here in the New York area,
for 200 dollars in Brooklyn
just a few miles away.
for all the procedures
to tell us their health bills.
WNYC here in New York,
the prices of their mammograms.
that it was too personal.
for people to share their data
and the Waze traffic app for health care.
guide to health costs.
grew into partnerships
Miami and other places.
about people who were suffering
to avoid that "gotcha" bill.
nearly 4,000 dollars using our data.
saved nearly 1,300 dollars
who are going to in-network hospitals
that continued to bill a dead man.
wanted to tell us their prices.
them and their friends and families.
to sell a car to pay a health bill,
but also their patients,
that had been stalled
public health crisis
going to help us out anytime soon.
Our health premiums?
of the developed world,
to worry about money.
will not solve every problem.
with overtreatment and overdiagnosis.
the cheapest appendectomy
about these clear effects,
that's actually very simple.
we were going to be arrested.
to talk about medicine and health care
out there in the system
get the care they need
in health care in advance?
you Googled for an MRI,
where to buy and for how much,
you Google for a laser printer?
and money that's spent hiding prices
the $19 test every time
you'll never know.
and the system itself
ABOUT THE SPEAKERJeanne Pinder - Journalist
Jeanne Pinder asks why it's so hard to make sense of US healthcare bills -- and suggests what we might do about it.
Why you should listen
Lifelong journalist Jeanne Pinder is founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, a digital media startup that demands price transparency from the US healthcare system. After taking a buyout from the New York Times, where she worked for more than 20 years, she won a Shark Tank-style competition with her ClearHealthCosts pitch and hasn't looked back.
Since its founding in 2011, ClearHealthCosts has won a slew of journalism grants and prizes and has reported on and crowdsourced health price data in partnership with prestigious newsrooms in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere. This work has won numerous journalism prizes -- a national Edward R. Murrow award, a Society for Professional Journalists public service gold medal and a spot as a finalist for a Peabody Award, among others.
Pinder and the company have won grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and others.
Previously, in her native Iowa, Pinder worked at The Des Moines Register and the Grinnell Herald-Register, a twice-weekly newspaper that her grandfather bought in 1944.
Pinder speaks fluent but rusty Russian. In a previous lifetime, she lived in what was then the Soviet Union, a place almost as mysterious as the US healthcare marketplace.
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