The Philly Health Costs project (www.philly.com/Healthcosts), is underwritten by a grant from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which supports local journalism collaboration in Philadelphia.
This is The Lenfest Institute’s first grant in support of innovative health care reporting.
The Philadelphia Inquirer-WPVI partnership will work with ClearHealthCosts, a New York-based research firm that specializes in health care cost transparency.
The project is collecting information about cash or self-pay pricing for common health care tests and procedures at providers throughout the Philadelphia area.
With a consumer-friendly online tool located on the Philly Health Costs page of Philly.com (the Inquirer’s online home), consumers can not only compare competitive health care prices gathered by ClearHealthCosts, they can also share anonymously their own experiences about shopping for health care and navigating billing and insurance.