Last year we wrote about a contest looking for the anecdotes that best illustrated the importance of cost awareness in health care. Costs of Care, the non-profit organization that sponsored the competition, is doing it again and recently announced this year's contest information and judges (which include former Stanford health economist Alan Garber, MD, PhD.) If you have a compelling story to share, submissions are due Nov. 15.
As for last year's winners, Costs of Care reports that one of the stories "beautifully captured how the current health system leaves some patients struggling desperately to pay bills - and providers feeling terrible that their well-meaning care is to blame." And in the second, a graduate student "articulately described his experience as a savvy patient who did everything possible to avoid expensive and unnecessary care, but got saddled with a large bill anyway."
Previously: Non-profit org looking for compelling stories on health-care costs
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