An article Becker’s shows the cities with the most expensive primary care.
The three most expensive cities for a primary care visit are on the West Coast:
- San Francisco $251
- Sacramento $219
- Portland $216
Hmm. Curious. What gives on the West Coast? Those prices are outrageous.
Despite the best efforts of an active coalition, Minneapolis comes in number four at an average cost for a primary care visit of $209.
According to the article, “In Dallas, a patient can pay up to 23 times more than necessary for a lipid panel….” Does Dallas have the powerful Baylor system to thank for that?
It’s not cost of living. According to a Forbes article, the five highest priced cities are:
- New York
- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
- San Jose
Except for Boston, none of those cities made the top 15 most expensive primary care list.
These kinds of telling statistics have been around for decades, but no one does anything about it. We’ve tried just about everything to fix these exorbitant prices, except one thing…narrow networks.
The time for serious action is now.
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Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting and co-founder of Edison Health. In December 2012, Tom was listed in Forbes.com as one of 13 unsung heroes changing healthcare forever. In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in healthcare in the US for his work on medical ethics. Prior to consulting, Tom spent a number of years working for large corporations: Walmart Stores, Burger King, and British Petroleum.