Trump smashes hospital bill secrecy sham, forces hospitals to publicly publish secret prices so that consumers can make informed choices

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Trump administration is currently in the process of finalizing a new price transparency rule that, once it comes into effect in January 2021, will force all hospitals to publish their service prices publicly for the benefit of consumers.

Currently, hospitals are allowed to charge whatever prices they want to for services, typically in secret, burdening patients with exorbitant bills after they’ve already received medical care. But Trump’s new rule will ensure that customers know right upfront what the charges will be before they opt for oftentimes very expensive hospital services.

“For decades, hospitals, insurance companies, lobbyists, and special interests have hidden prices from consumers so they could drive up costs for you,” the president stated in an announcement to the nation. “And you had no idea what was happening. You’d get bills that were unbelievable and you have no idea why.”

President Trump cited several examples, including hospital patients who have been charged obscene prices for MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) tests and pregnancy services. Even simple blood tests are often billed at absurd rates by hospitals, which have gotten used to bilking consumers by charging insurance companies unrealistically high prices for medical services.

“We’re stopping American patients from just getting, pure and simple – two words, very simple words: ripped off,” Trump is quoted as saying. “Because they’ve been ripped off for years.”

Trump also wants insurance companies to discloses expected costs to policyholders before they receive treatment

Hospitals aren’t the only bad players in the American medical paradigm, as insurance companies themselves are notorious for withholding price information from policyholders until after the medical bills come. This places an enormous burden on patients who oftentimes don’t know what they’re getting themselves into until it is already too late.

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