Better Solutions Statement on House Framework to Combat Hospital-Driven Cost Increases and Increase Health System Transparency
WASHINGTON, DC – (September 6, 2023) – Today, three committees in the House introduced a joint product to lower costs and increase transparency in the health care system. This bill includes policy to increase price transparency from hospitals, promote honest billing, and address the practice of hospitals charging enormous mark-ups and facility fees based on the site of care. Better Solutions for Healthcare – a coalition of leading business and health care organizations – has been fighting for solutions like those introduced today.
In response to the introduction of today’s framework, Connie Partoyan, Executive Director of Better Solutions for Healthcare, issued the following statement:
“Corporate hospital systems have been engaged in dishonest billing practices for too long, and patients and employers have been paying the price. It is clear there is now bipartisan consensus that we must put an end to these alarming price markups. The high cost of hospital care is a threat to families and taxpayers alike, and we commend these lawmakers for advancing meaningful reform to help lower the cost of healthcare in America.”
ABOUT BETTER SOLUTIONS
Better Solutions for Healthcare is a coalition of leading business and healthcare organizations educating policymakers and the public about the role of hospitals and corporate health systems in driving up health costs and ways to lower the prices Americans pay for care. Members include national employer groups including American Benefits Council, National Alliance for Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable, Business Group on Health, and hundreds of local and state business leaders. Better Solutions supports proposals that address the root causes of high healthcare costs including ensuring honest billing practices, and combating anti-competitive hospital consolidation, egregious price markups in hospital settings, and the lack of hospital price transparency. For more information, please visit the Better Solutions website or follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.