November 20, 2013

Dr. Melnick Offers Price Transparency Testimony in SFO

On November 6th, Professor Melnick provided expert testimony at a City and County of San Francisco hearing: “Supporting the Health Services System to Establish Full Quality and Cost Transparency in the Public Interest.” The hearing was called by San Francisco Supervisor and Health Service Board Member Mark Farrell and focused on hospital pricing trends, the rationale hospitals use to set prices, overall healthcare costs and how pricing may disproportionately affect the uninsured and underinsured. Supervisor Farrell supports establishment of multi-payer databases that can be used to evaluate and improve the quality and cost of care. Dr. Melnick’s hearing testimony begins at 23:30.