Teaching the Price of Medical Care
Interview: Ryan Thompson, MD, internist, Boston, MA
Hereís the scene: youíre at the doctorís office. She recommends that you get an MRI and some blood tests to find the cause of some symptoms youíve been experiencing.
But first you have a question: How much will these tests cost, you ask? Or maybe you donít even ask.
Itís one of the biggest ways the business of health care is different from most other businesses: itís hard to know what something is going to cost until the bill actually arrives.
Thereís a new course at Harvard Medical School designed to teach future doctors the cost of the treatments theyíll end up ordering.
Dr. Ryan Thompson organized the course using the game show "The Price is Right" as his model. He spoke with Sound Medicineís Dr. Steve Bogdewic.