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Site allows consumers to compare health care cost, quality – seattlepi.com

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Consumers, businesses and health care providers will be able to compare the cost and quality of medical care at Connecticut hospitals and provider networks online.

The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy has launched HealthscoreCT.com , which includes a quality scorecard and a cost estimator that is scheduled to be released at the end of September.

OHS Executive Director Vicki Veltri says the website, which includes interactive tables and graphs, “gives people the resources to make better health care decisions” and gives providers an opportunity to improve on the cost and quality of the care they give patients.

Once fully implemented, the free service will help consumers determine if the high cost charged by a particular network means good quality.

The scorecard was developed with a $45 million federal grant.

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