Tell your story

$4000 in prizes for the best stories from patients, doctors, and nurses illustrating the importance of cost-awareness in healthcare.

– judged by Leah Binder, Mark McClellan, and Sandra Hernandez. 

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5th Annual Essay Contest- NOW CLOSED




Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group

Mark McClellan, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Sandra Hernandez, President and CEO of the California Healthcare foundation


Entries should be 500-700 words and should be typed and double-spaced. Students are strongly encouraged to submit. Entries will be judged based on the quality of the writing and the relevance of the anecdote to the topic of cost-awareness in medicine. We are primarily seeking stories. The focus of the contest is not to suggest policy solutions.

E-mail submissions to are preferred, however entries may also be mailed to
Costs of Care
511 6th Ave, Box #13
New York, NY 10011

Finalists and winners will be announced according to the schedule below. Four care provider finalists and four patient finalists will be chosen. Care providers include doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, clinical assistants, health administrators and students of these professions. Patients include patients as well as their friends or family members, and students of non-clinical professions including college students. All finalist entries will be read and rank-ordered according to the above criteria by our high-profile judges. Four $1000 prize winners will be named — two care providers and two patients. All submissions are subject to the Costs of Care Contest grant of rights agreement. Selected submissions will be published on the Costs of Care blog, and may receive regional and/or national media coverage.

Key Dates

Contest Deadline: May 31st, 2015

Finalists Announced: June, 2015


The Costs of Care Essay Contest is sponsored in part by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Costs of Care Board of Directors.