Better Solutions for Healthcare

Indiana local news: Ideas, research and tools to lower Indiana’s high healthcare costs

By Dirk Rowley

May 5th, 2022

With the goal of lowering healthcare costs, the National Hospital Price Transparency Conference took place Thursday in Indianapolis before an in-person audience of 150 and another 300 virtual attendees from 39 states.

The recurring question: does higher price mean higher quality?

Keynote speaker Hunter Kellett of Arnold Ventures began the day telling employers that growing healthcare costs were a “tax on your business” and insurance costs were like buying “employees a new car every year.”

Kellett said hospital quality does not explain high prices but pointed to other factors such as consolidation and market share; as hospital systems buy doctors’ practices, patients are left with fewer competitive options.