Arming Health Care Consumers: "Ensuring that consumers have the information and tools they need to make the health care choices that are right for them is a high priority of this Administration and, especially, of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is committed to ensuring that Americans can easily obtain understandable information about the quality and price of health care. To realize this vision, Secretary Leavitt has articulated four objectives:
Promote quality transparency.
Promote price transparency.
Facilitate the greater use of health information technology.
Transform health care so its incentives support a consumer-oriented�or patient focused�health care system."