Let's talk about $ 

 

It is hard for patients, caregivers and clinicians to talk about what things cost in healthcare. In part, this is a structural problem. The system makes it hard. There are few set prices and they are rarely available at the point of care. Insurance coverage, formularies and deductibles make the true cost different for each person. We can't give exact answers so we avoid the topic.

DO A SMALL experiment

Clinicians, if you are intrigued by these tools but worry they will take too much time or open you up to issues that you can't solve, consider this experiment. Try them with 5 patients. 

But truthfully, those realities seem more like things we tolerate because talking about money in the exam room or hospital room is really uncomfortable. Talking about what something will cost means acknowledging that cost factors into our decision making and that can be taboo. 

We all have to get better at talking about cost. Talking about it is the first step to doing something about it. We know that we are asking you to do a hard thing. You aren't alone. We are here to offer some help and support. Below you'll find some tools that patients and caregivers or clinicians can use to kickstart a conversation about cost. If you have ideas for other tools, tell us.


DEPRESSION MEDICATION DECISION AID

This tool was developed to help clinicians and patients collaborate in choosing a depression medication. One of the topics to consider is cost. 

Patients and Caregivers: Download the cards or a brochure below and bring it to your clinician. Tell her/him you'd like to use this tool while talking about your depression medication

Clinicians: Start using this tool in your practice. 

Depression Cards English | Spanish

Depression Brochure English | Spanish

Shared Decision Making Center 

This is a demo of the Depression Choice Decision Aid Cards as a clinician might use them. 

COMING SOON...A demo of the cards being introduced to the clinical encounter by the patient

These tools are developed by the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


DIABETES MEDICATION DECISION AID

COMING SOON...A demo of the cards being introduced to the clinical encounter by the patient

These tools are developed by the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

This tool was developed to help clinicians and patients collaborate in choosing a medication to treat Type 2 diabetes. One of the topics to consider is cost. 

Patients and Caregivers: Download the cards or a brochure below and bring it to your clinician. Tell her/him you'd like to use this tool while talking about your diabetes medication

Clinicians: Start using this tool in your practice. 

Diabetes Cards English | Spanish

Diabetes Brochure English | Spanish

Shared Decision Making Center