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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday May 16, 2014

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Some of the country's biggest insurers are getting together to open the black box on healthcare pricing. In 2015, they'll launch an online portal that will give consumers price and quality info on medical services. The idea is to promote comparison shopping. We look at how it will work, and whether pricing info actually has anything to do with price. Plus, after a steady rise since February, gas prices are leveling off. But It's the time of year when gas usually gets more expensive. What influences the price at the pump, and what can we expect to see in the summer months?

Segments From this episode

Marketplace heads to London

May 16, 2014
Check out what's ahead in our report from across the Atlantic.

Archaeology and business in London's 'Big Dig'

May 16, 2014
A new rail line being built in London is Europe's biggest construction project.

Gas prices seem to be falling (for now)

May 16, 2014
Gas prices are finally leveling off. What influences the price at the pump?

Health insurers pull back the curtain on pricing

May 16, 2014
If consumers decide to avoid excessively costly procedures, that helps insurers.

When it comes to benefits, the poorest get less

May 16, 2014
A new study finds a pattern as to the poorest are receiving fewer benefits.

PODCAST: Some (temporary) relief at the pump

May 16, 2014
Gas prices are leveling off. A new rail line in London. TV's upfronts.

Some of the country’s biggest insurers are getting together to open the black box on healthcare pricing. In 2015, they’ll launch an online portal that will give consumers price and quality info on medical services. The idea is to promote comparison shopping. We look at how it will work, and whether pricing info actually has anything to do with price. Plus, after a steady rise since February, gas prices are leveling off. But It’s the time of year when gas usually gets more expensive. What influences the price at the pump, and what can we expect to see in the summer months?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC