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(Reuters) - U.S. hospital groups have challenged the Trump administration’s rule that requires them to be more transparent about prices they charge patients for healthcare services, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
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New federal regulations finalized Nov. 15 require hospitals to make public all the prices they negotiate with insurers and health plans, starting in 2021. The aim is to untangle the hospital marketplace with a wave of consumer-friendly information that will promote competition that leads to lower costs.
The Trump administration plans to release a sweeping proposal on Friday that would require hospitals to publicly disclose the discounted prices they secretly negotiate with insurance companies — a change intended to increase price transparency for patients shopping for care.
President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order expanding private Medicare Advantage plans, contrasting his health care vision with Democrats' calls for a greater government role in health care.
Trump, who made the announcement at an expansive Florida retirement community that leans heavily Republican, set out key themes of his reelection pitch, promising to defend a private insurance system that Democrats have sought to constrain and even eliminate in favor of government-run coverage. And on friendly turf, Trump attempted to position himself as a defender of seniors' health care, decrying "Medicare for All" as a socialist takeover that would ruin Medicare for seniors.
About 56% of people in the United States favor "Medicare for all," according to polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation out last week. That's an increase of 3 percentage points from last November.
That majority would be wise to take a look across our northern border. Waits for care in Canada's government-run health insurance system, the closest analog to "Medicare for all" in the world, are spiraling. The remedy for those waits, according to a new report from the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute? A dose of U.S.-style private insurance.
When Dan Sokol saw an orthopedist for shoulder pain in January 2018, he got an X-ray and then a cortisone shot to treat what the doctor said was bursitis. It all took less than 30 minutes at the doctor’s office, and his shoulder pain went away.
So a few weeks later when Sokol, a 61-year-old bank credit officer who lives in Los Angeles, got a bill with more than $3,000 in charges from Cedars Sinai Medical Center, a hospital near his doctor’s office, he was sure there was a mistake.
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