What Are We Paying for in Healthcare?

Americans want more transparency in healthcare costs, and many feel that costs do not reflect quality

  • Fewer than 1 in 5 U.S. adults are aware of healthcare costs before receiving care.
  • Nearly all Americans want to know actual, upfront prices (not estimates) of lab and imaging tests, surgeries, and other medical services.
  • Patients would use upfront prices to shop for what they perceive to be the best quality care for the price.
  • Momentum is growing on Capitol Hill, where Senate and House bills have been introduced to strengthen and expand healthcare price transparency requirements.


Congress.gov. H.R.5378 Lower Costs, More Transparency Act. Accessed March 15, 2024.

Congress.gov. S.3548 Health Care Prices Revealed and Information to Consumers Explained Transparency Act. Accessed March 15, 2024.

Marken S. Few Americans Know How Much Their Healthcare Costs. Gallup. Accessed March 15, 2024.

Patient Rights Advocate. New Polling Reveals 94% of Americans Support Healthcare Price Transparency. Accessed March 15, 2024.