Bipartisan “Right to Shop” Brings Transparency Back to Health Care

Josh Archambault
Foundation for Government Accountability

Maine’s Cost-Saving Solution has Potential to Change Health Care for the Nation

Twenty years ago, people bought cars after weeks of in-person haggling. Today, the entire deal can be made online.Ten years ago, dinner restaurants were selected by what the outside of the building looked like.Today, few select a restaurant before consulting internet reviews.Technology has made information more readily available than ever before—and with information comes choice.

Consumers enjoy choice in most every aspect of their lives—from gas prices to the cost of gro- ceries.Yet most Americans are forced to cede control of the most important aspect of their lives: their health.

The reason? Lack of information. Lack of transparency. Lack of positive incentives for both pa- tients and providers.