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  • Service: Advisory
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 5/30/2013

Transparency in healthcare 

Our lives are filled with choices. What car should I buy? Where should I live? What school should my children attend? Armed with a checklist of wants, we are deliberate and methodical in our search for the right option and the decisions we make are reached only after careful evaluation of all available options.
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However, when it comes to choosing our healthcare providers, reliable, standardised, comparative information is not readily available. Under the current system, determinants in choosing a healthcare provider may include, ability to pay or proximity to our homes or workplaces, but not quality of care (quality has been defined as “getting the right care to the right patient at the right time – every time”). Transparency in healthcare refers to the availability and accessibility of health information such as clinical outcomes, physician licensing, malpractice cases, and patient satisfaction responses. This information can be collected, publicly reported and used to benchmark hospitals and physicians on quality...Read more