Last year, the non-profit organization Costs of Care held an essay contest asking doctors and other care providers to share their mistakes, including times they made decisions that inadvertently led to unaffordable medical bills.' Due to the success of the contest, Executive Director Neel Shah, M.D., M.P.P., has decided to hold the contest again:
'We collected more than 100 stories from patients and care providers across the nation that illustrated the importance of cost-awareness in medicine, and then made these stories part of the public discourse by widely sharing them. The stories generated an impassioned response in the national media, and showed how transparency helps patients financially plan for their care, and also helps doctors keep medical bills affordable'
Ultimately, it will be up to a new generation of physician-leaders to carry this charge. Are we up to the challenge? The evidence is clear but sometimes a good story can be worth 1000 academic papers to catalyze change''
For more on the essay contest, which is offering a total of $4000 in prizes, and last year's winners, click here.
Neel Shah, M.D., M.P.P. is the Executive Director of www.CostsOfCare.org and a senior resident in the Massachusetts General Hospital'Brigham & Women's Hospital combined residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.' Costs of Care is a nonprofit aimed at helping doctors understand how the decisions they make impact what patients pay for care, giving doctors and patients the information they need to deflate medical bills.