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.
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A Planned Parenthood-sponsored art exhibit is on display downtown this week. The multimedia pieces highlight issues in reproductive health.