Voices for Smarter, Better Health Care

Are Cost and Quality Intrinsically Linked in Health Care? Spoiler: Nope

In the midst of this push for shoppable services and health care cost transparency (which are great things!), there remains a question in the backs of many people’s minds: Does choosing a lower-cost provider mean you’ll receive lower-quality care?
by Court Brower  |  July 21, 2020

All About Transparency: Revealing the Most Popular Cost Searches of 2019

With millions of searches for health care cost estimates taking place with HealthSparq each year, we’re always excited to see which services people search for most. This not only helps us best understand our users’ needs but gives us insight into the overall state of health care shopping and consumers’ ...
by Anna Greene  |  February 19, 2020

Cutting the Clutter from Open Enrollment

October is a big month in health care: it’s both health literacy month and the period when open enrollment begins. Considering that just 4% of Americans are able to correctly  define all four terms that determine how much they would personally have to pay for medical services and drugs they ...
by Jill Dornan  |  October 11, 2019

What Members Want From Health Plans: In Their Own Words

We recently completed a consumer survey to better understand how people research health care prices, whether they understand their out-of-pocket estimates and if they trust the cost information received from their health plans. While there were some very interesting findings in the aggregate, we found the open-ended responses on one ...
by Anna Greene  |  October 8, 2019

New Research: Consumers Share Opinions on Health Care Price and Propensity to Shop

In HealthSparq’s most recent health care consumer survey, we asked 967 health plan members how they research health care prices, whether they understand their out-of-pocket estimates and if they trust the cost information received from their health plans.
by Anna Greene  |  October 2, 2019

Headline Heavy: Surprise Medical Bills, Transparency and Interoperability in Health Care

The negative impacts felt from rising health care costs and concerns over data ownership certainly aren’t new topics of discussion in this country. But as policymakers have increased their involvement in these areas, the steady stream of news has turned into a fast-moving series of waves and has left many ...
by Matt Parker  |  June 11, 2019

Treatment Timelines: When Your Health Care Requires More Than a Single Doctor’s Visit

When it comes to health care shopping, there is a lot of confusion out there – and that’s largely because health care is confusing. HealthSparq exists to help clear up some of that confusion. One of the ways we do that is through a unique aspect of our tool that ...
by Heather Burton  |  February 12, 2019

What People Need to Know About Surprise Medical Bills (And How to Prevent Them)

Surprise medical bills are an upsetting yet all too familiar reality for many Americans. As surprise bills continue to dominate the headlines, HealthSparq set out to find just how common this issue really is. We partnered with Hanover Research, an independent research and analytics firm, to survey more than 1,000 ...
by Jill Dornan  |  October 11, 2018

When It Comes to Health Care Shopping, What’s Your State in the Market for?

With millions of health plan members using our technology to search for providers and compare health care costs, we have no shortage of data. We love to look into how consumers are shopping for health care – and exactly what they are looking for – and sharing those insights.
by Anna Greene  |  December 19, 2017