Calif. Union Seeks To Limit Health Care Costs With Two Ballot Measures



Share | |
(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 21, 2014
UCLA health care economist Dylan Roby says the charge cap would only help the uninsured, because insurers typically negotiate charges down.
"The ability to have more transparency in pricing will be much better," Roby says. "But it still won’t reign in any other part of health care spending because typically that 25 percent cushion they’re getting is more than Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurers are paying in the first place.” 

Roby says average pay of non-profit hospital CEOs is about $600,000 nationwide. He says capping salaries wouldn’t necessarily bring health care savings.    

“I do think limiting hospital pricing could bring down health care costs. It’ just that I don’t think making people set the charge master at 25 percent over actua," says Roby costs doesn’t necessarily fix hospital pricing.” 

The Service Employees International Union’s Dave Regan says hospitals are the biggest driver in health care spending.   

“There’s a culture of pricing, and doing business that has just lent itself to driving the cost of care up,” says Regan.

But hospitals say capping hospital charges could force cutbacks in staff and services. And Jan Emerson Shea at the California Hospital Association says the CEO salaries are justified. 

“These are very dangerous and deceptive initiatives because they don’t get at the underlying causes of why health care costs rise," warns Emerson. 

Related Stories

  • California Lawmakers: Time Is Right For "End Of Life Option" Law

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    California lawmakers say public opinion has changed since the last time “right to die” legislation has been proposed in the state. That may explain why a group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced the “End of Life Option Act.”

We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter

We Get Support From:

Become a Supporter