Standardize Medical Procedure Cost to Promote Transparency in Hospitals

Standardize Medical Procedure Cost to Promote Transparency in Hospitals

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We the People ask for standardized prices for medical procedures in hospitals in the state of Utah in order to promote clarity and equality within the healthcare systems.

The state of Utah is below average in the cost of medical procedures from the patients pocket which is a benefit for the patient. Even the annual per capita healthcare cost is relatively low with an average of about $6,000 per capita in 2017 according to the Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation. This is over $3,000 below the national average. However, there is still room for improvement in the Utah healthcare system, specifically within hospitals. Research done by University of Utah School of Medicine CEO, Vivian Lee exposes a stark difference in the cost of a medical procedure from one hospital to another. For example, in 2017 a case was reported of an angioplasty(a surgical repair or unblocking of a blood vessel) totalling $41,136 in Murray, Utah but costing double at $91,250 in a hospital in Ogden, Utah.

There are federal laws in place that allow hospitals to keep their prices hidden, this would be a difficult law to change as nearly every hospital in America would be against it. However, standardizing costs would give the public a peek into how hospitals are charging. These hidden differences to the patient are cause for frustration towards Utah general healthcare and should be regulated so as to avoid patients being charged unfair and astronomical prices.

The current cost rises according to the nonpartisan Utah Foundation are said to be caused by new technology, a lack of surgeons, pharmaceuticals, and over treatment in hospitals. State placed costs restrictions would give hospitals a tighter budget to adjust to which would benefit the patients.

There needs to be both transparency and fairness for the patient which means that action needs to be taken by our public officers that will achieve standardized costs for medical procedures throughout the state of Utah.

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