Forbes August 22, 2023
By Katie Jennings, Forbes Staff

With Amazon Clinic, patients can see wait times and pricing upfront, but there are limits to what even the world’s biggest retailer can do to make a dent in the $4.3 trillion the U.S. spends on healthcare.

When ordering a hamburger at a restaurant, you know how much it’s going to cost before you start eating. When going to the doctor in the United States, it could be weeks or months before you know how much that office visit is going to set you back (not including any additional lab work, imaging or medication). The fragmented payment system – built on negotiations between doctors, insurers, employers and the federal government – means patients could be billed vastly different amounts for...

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