Of all of the grievances that Americans have with the nation at large, none is more personally frustrating than the constantly increasing costs fo healthcare. To make matters worse, much of this exorbitant and obvious price gouging goes unchecked thanks to the ridiculous legislative mandates that the nation suffers from.
President Trump, who has long been working to deconstruct the disastrous inner workings of Obamacare, (hilariously named “The Affordable Care Act”), has finally taken matters into his own hands in forcing healthcare providers to show patients what their treatment actually costs – not just the number they’d like you or your insurance company to pay.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down .
The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. For example, if a hospital charges your insurer $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test costs $550 in a doctor’s office, you might go for the lower-price procedure to save on copays.
And there’s more…
Trump’s order also requires that patients be told ahead of time what their out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copays will be for many procedures.
Administration officials were rightfully jazzed on the move, including the President himself.
“For too long it’s been virtually impossible for Americans to know the real price and quality of health care services and the services they receive,” Trump said at the White House. “As a result, patients face significant obstacles shopping for the best care at the best price, driving up health care costs for everyone. With today’s historic action, we are fundamentally changing the nature of the health care marketplace.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters earlier that the order “will put patients in charge and address the drivers of high health care costs…increasing choice and competition.”
And while it could take several months, (or perhaps a year), for these changes to affect many Americans, the move has been a long time coming.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.