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.
Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.
Povery-striken, densely packed neighborhoods in the Sacramento region were hit hardest by this year's flu, according to a newspaper analysis.
A study at a Sacramento-area hospital has revealed that basic dental hygiene among hospital patients can significantly reduce the incidence of pneumonia.
People who suffer from allergy in California may already be feeling symptoms this year. And the drought conditions may bring further aggravation.
UC Davis is celebrating the completion of a new building on campus that researchers will use to study respiratory disease in monkeys. The school offered a tour of the new building and the primate breeding colony.