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Doctor's office Although price variation doesn’t have one clear driver, some factors that affect cost include location and type of facility. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health care pricing often remains as confusing as ever, despite new transparency rules that went into effect on January 1.

“Routine labs and tests are some of the most shoppable health-care services,” said Lauren Chase, a researcher for Good Rx. “Since patients can book their tests ahead of time, they have the ability to price shop. With our unique knowledge of the intricacies of health-care pricing, coupled with our data-savvy team, we assumed we had a leg up in diving into the data and showing consumers just how important, and hopefully easy, it would be to price shop.

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