In America, there is a growing demand for changes in the healthcare system as many hospitals are failing to comply with the law that requires them to post their prices online. As a result, only about 36% of hospitals are fully complying, which has sparked a fight for transparent health care prices.
One of the guests discussing this issue is Cynthia Fisher, founder and chairman of PatientRightsAdvocate.org, a nonprofit organization focused on health care price transparency. Fisher argues that patients have the right to know the cost of their healthcare before they receive it and that hospitals should be held accountable for not providing this information.
Molly Smith, group vice president for public policy at the American Hospital Association, also weighs in on the matter. Smith acknowledges that hospitals face challenges when it comes to pricing but argues that patients should still have access to this information so they can make informed decisions about their healthcare.
The program also features Kevin Lyons, director of member benefits for the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, and Zachary Bessler, a software engineer who has developed tools to help patients compare prices across different providers. Jeff Millhollin, president and CEO of Pacific Steel & Recycling, is also included in the discussion.
This program is scheduled to air on February 13, 2024 and audio will be available after the broadcast.