Price transparency means, 'You should have the right to know prices before you purchase something,' says Heather Higgins of the Independent Women's Voice

"People don't realize, 90% of healthcare is not an emergency, it's things you could shop or plan for; compare prices," says Heather Higgins, CEO of the Independent Women's Voice.

The Randy Tobler Show
September 15, 2020 - 6:18 am

(KFTK) – The CEO of the Independent Women's Voice joined Randy to discuss her group's effort to bring more price transparencey to the world of medicine. 

Heather Higgins says that people generally don't understand what procedures cost, "people don't realize, 90% of healthcare is not an emergency, it's things that you could shop or plan for, compare prices.  But you're never allowed to see prices in advance and very often in fact,  doctors don't even know what things are going to cost if  they send you for a test."

Wait, didn't Pres Trump already address price transparency?

In fact, yes, he did, says Higgins.  "The President in 2019 signed an Executive Order requiring price transparency, but that Executive Order doesn't go into effect until January of 2021. That means after the election. As we know, and 65% of the American people are already fully-aware, Executive Orders are not the same as laws.  They can be undone by the next President." 

Higgins says they have created the Patient Protection Pledge as a way for lawmakers and candidates to publicly declare their support for transparent markets in health care and the rights of patients to know prices in advance.

Randy is very concerned that the transparency rule, "one size fits all" system may hurt rural hospitals.

Read about it HERE.



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