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New insurance tools will let patients discover costs

WELLESLEY — If you’re trying to find a doctor, the cheapest place to get a back MRI, or how much is left on the ­deductible under your health insurance plan, help is on the way.

Getting basic health care information, such as comparing the costs of physician visits and medical procedures, has long been a formidable task requiring multiple — and often fruitless — calls to doctors’ offices and insurer help lines. For ordinary patients, it’s like seeking access to military secrets or the ranking factors in search engine algorithms.

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