September 06, 2006
Resolution Health Care Price Transparency
Adopted September 6, 2006
Whereas there is a strong tradition of secrecy regarding price information for health care services; and
Whereas health care providers have little incentive to disclose prices because health care services are lucrative; as a result, there is little competition in health care; and
Whereas if health care prices were readily available, competition would likely result in lower prices; and
Whereas rising health care costs and rising numbers of persons without health insurance reduce access to health care services; and
Whereas knowing health care prices in advance is important to the uninsured who must pay for care themselves, go without care or seek charity care; and
Whereas the availability of health care prices is also important to persons who obtain services not covered by insurance and to those with high deductibles; and
Whereas there is a widespread practice of charging the uninsured more than others; and
Whereas making prices available on the internet has become a standard business practice.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Alliance for Retired Americans calls upon Congress to enact laws requiring all prices charged by providers for health care services to be readily available to the public; and
Be it further resolved that prices should be available on the internet in an easily navigable manner and also readily available by mail upon request.