- Jun 24, 2017
- Reaction score
- In yo' grill
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Conservative
Donald Trump Did Something Right
His administration has ordered hospitals to reveal their prices. If patients and politicians pay attention, this could be a big deal.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal
Dr. Rosenthal was an emergency room doctor before becoming a journalist.
As Donald Trump was fighting with Congress over the shutdown and funding for a border wall, his administration implemented a new rule that could be a game-changer for health care.
Starting this month, hospitals must publicly reveal the contents of their master price lists — called “chargemasters” — online. These are the prices that most patients never notice because their insurers negotiate them down or they appear buried as line items on hospital bills. What has long been shrouded in darkness is now being thrown into the light.
This might,..might,....be an important step in reeling in out of control health care costs. If hospitals are required to post pricing, in theory that should cause competition and hopefully drive down pricing as hospitals would likely compete with each other.
This is one of the reasons I trust Trump more than Democrats. He tackles the underlying issue of healthcare cost vs just throwing boundless amounts of money at the issue. If ObamaCare would have looked at reigning in costs along with insuring more people, perhaps millions like myself would have gotten behind it.