The National Impact

Healthcare costs are growing at an unsustainable rate as a result of rising prices for prescription drugs and medical services, provider consolidation, patients receiving care in inappropriate, higher cost settings, and waste, fraud and abuse.

Examples of this include:

  • Hospitals charging over $1,800 for ear piercings or needlessly discarding unused medical supplies 1
  • An emergency room charging a father $629 for his daughter to receive a Band-Aid 2
  • The price of EpiPens going up more than 500 percent from $94 in 2007 to $608 last year 3
  • Americans pay higher prices than other countries but do not have better health outcomes 4

Our country’s rising cost-of-care is getting uncontrollably out of hand. It’s time we demand more from our healthcare system and work together to find real solutions that lower healthcare costs for all Americans.

 

FOOTNOTES:
[1] https://www.propublica.org/article/a-hospital-charged-to-pierce-ears-why-health-care-costs-so-much and https://www.propublica.org/article/what-hospitals-waste

[2] https://www.vox.com/2016/5/13/11606760/emergency-facility-fees-american-health-care
[3] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/business/angry-about-epipen-prices-executive-dont-care-much.html
[4] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2674671