Do you have a story about a medical bill that was higher than you expected it to be? Or a time when you wanted to know how much a medical test or treatment might cost and couldn’t find out?
Costs of Care, a nonprofit group based in Boston, is offering $1000 for anecdotes like these that illustrate the importance of cost-awareness in medicine. Judges will include former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, Boston surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande, and former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis. According to Dr. Neel Shah, who is directing the contest, “Using everyday examples from across the country, these stories will highlight the need to make healthcare prices more transparent.”
Submissions should be no longer than 750 words and are due by November 1st. More details are available here.