Greg Walden pursues giving consumers more information on health prices
By Robert King
February 14, 2018
A top House lawmaker wants consumers to have as much information as possible on what health services such as MRIs, pharmaceuticals, or CT scans cost.
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Wednesday that he is speaking with colleagues in the Senate on greater price transparency. The remarks come a few days after Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he is pursuing legislation to establish more transparency on healthcare prices for drugs and procedures.
“There is a lack of transparency in pricing from one end to the other, in both pharmaceuticals and procedures,” Walden told reporters Wednesday.
Walden gave an example of laser eye surgery to improve eyesight called Lasik.
“You listen to the radio, and there are ads for Lasik eye surgery, and they tell you the price,” he said.