The cost of healthcare in North Carolina is too high for families and businesses. The price of healthcare services is the primary driver of those high costs. To lower healthcare costs for families, we have to lower the price tag of healthcare services.
Nearly a quarter of every dollar spent on healthcare goes towards paying for prescription drugs. Prices far outpace inflation, as Big Phara's profits reach record highs. To lower healthcare costs we must lower the cost of prescription drugs.
Certificate of Need (CON) is a government regulation that restricts the number of medical facilities that can operate in a given area. In many instances. this limits competition that can improve quality and lower costs. Reforms are needed to North Carolinians can innovative, affordable healthcare.
Surprise medical billing is one of the biggest issues facing healthcare consumers. 1 in 10 Americans have been a victim of a surprise bill and medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy. Protections are needed for patients and families.
Across the country, and right here in North Carolina, hospitals and entire healthcare systems joining forces to produce one massive conglomerate. It's a trend that is causing costs to go up and quality to go down.
Billion-dollar Wall Street investment groups are buying hospitals, emergency rooms, and healthcare practices at alarming rates. Their aim is to deliver major returns to shareholders, which drives up costs and negatively impacts quality and safety.
Hospitals have long pushed for legislative reforms that would allow them to have you sign over your insurance rights through an "Assignment of Benefits." An AOB would raise costs, increase out-of-network surprise billing, and erode quality.