President Donald Trump instructed administration officials to investigate and find out how to prevent surprise medical bills, focusing on drug prices including other issues of price transparency in healthcare.
Trump was flanked by patients and other guests invited to the White House to share their stories of unexpected and unreasonably high bills. He tasked his health secretary, Alex Azar, and labor secretary, Alex Acosta, with working on a solution.
He said that the pricing was hurting patients, and lot of it has been stopped, but he has decided that all of it has to stop. This was shared during a roundtable discussion when reporters were allowed into the otherwise closed-door meeting.
David Silverstein, founder of a Colorado-based healthcare nonprofit, said that he thinks a big change is set to come.
Surprise billing, or the practice of charging patients for care that is more expensive than anticipated or not covered by their insurance has received a flood of attention in the past year as Kaiser Health News and other news organizations have undertaken investigations into patients’ most outrageous medical bills.
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