Are Health Care Services Shoppable?

Emergency Room sign at a hospital
July 30, 2018

Zack Cooper, Fiona Scott Morton et al. new research paper “Are Health Care Services Shoppable? Evidence from the Consumption of Lower-Limb MRI Scans” analyzes whether health care is shoppable by patients.  The study looks at how individuals with private health insurance choose providers for lower-limb MRI scans, including the out-of-pocket costs incurred, the availability of lower-priced locations, and referrals from physicians. 

Co-authors Michael Chernew (Harvard Medical School) and Eugene Larsen-Hallock (Columbia University, Department of Economics.

ISPS and NBER working paper.