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Health care charges, hospital costs examined at Sacramento briefing

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 - 4:36 pm

One of the conundrums of paying for health care is we never quite know how much medical services will cost us until it’s too late to figure out what we can afford. (Though we do know that a day in the hospital – $4,000 to $5,000 on average – costs much more than staying at a luxury hotel.)

Luckily, this is being openly debated and many health policy experts think the time for transparent pricing is not too far off.

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), a nonprofit philanthropic organization based in Oakland, is coming to Sacramento to host “Inside the Black Box: The Future of Price Transparency in California,” a briefing that will explore strategies for driving transparency forward in California.

Three speakers who will shape the discussion are: Adams Dudley, professor of medicine and policy at Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco; Maribeth Shannon, director of market and policy monitor program at CHCF; Jill Yegian, vice president of policy and research, Integrated Healthcare Association.

You can bet this Dec. 9 briefing from noon to 1:30 p.m. will be well-attended. It’s being held at the California Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 1215 K Street at Esquire Plaza, 14th floor, Sacramento.

If you don’t make it, catch a video of the briefing online within a few days of the event at the California HealthCare site.


Call The Bee’s Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270.

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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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