Attorney General Maura Healey should “assert leadership” on behalf of consumers and motivate health care providers to comply with the state’s price-transparency law, the Pioneer Institute recommends in a report out today that found wildly varying costs for procedures and a reluctance to spell out those prices.
“They take payment seriously, and they should. But the other side of that is telling people up front what a procedure will cost. It’s disappointing and it’s unfortunate that the major players in the health care community in Massachusetts have not taken price transparency seriously. I get the impression that it’s just not a priority,” attorney Barbara Anthony, Pioneer’s senior fellow in health care policy, told the Herald.
“The state could exercise more leadership here and encourage greater compliance by licensing authorities. There’s enough authority to go around,” Anthony said.
Pioneer lists among its recommendations for change that, “The Attorney General’s Office can also assert leadership on this issue under the state’s Consumer Protection Act, Chapter 93A, which states that any violation of a state law that is designed for the protection of consumers is punishable by fines, injunctive relief, and restitution. Similarly, the Attorney General’s Office can use its powers to incent providers and payers toward a more enthusiastic embrace and utilization of price transparency.”
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