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McCrory signs health pricing transparency law

Posted August 21, 2013

Costs of doing business added into hospital bills

— Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill designed to make comparing the prices for certain medical procedures easier.

House Bill 834 requires hospitals and surgical centers to provide public pricing information for 100 common in-patient services, 20 common surgical procedures and 20 common imaging procedures to the state Department of Health and Human Services. DHHS will publish that information on its website.

"This new law gives patients and their doctors pricing information so they can make an informed financial decision with regard to their health care," McCrory said in a statement.

Another section of the legislation limits the ability of hospitals to force repayment of hospital bills through liens on a patient's home or garnishing wages.

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  • davidk_at_unc Aug 22, 2:17 p.m.

    "I am tired of paying other people's bills. If they have a paycheck then they ought to be paying their bills." -- whatelseisnew

    HOORAY! Another supporter of the Affordable Care Act. I knew you'd come around!

  • cbuckyoung Aug 22, 11:56 a.m.

    Another great bill for the people of North Carolina by the Republican Legislature and Governor McCrory. Keep up the great work.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 22, 11:43 a.m.

    "Duke now requires you to sign a statement up front agreeing to the lien even if you have insurance."

    Really? That's incredible.

    Thank you Pat!

  • davisgw Aug 22, 10:07 a.m.

    Hospitals misuse the home lien to punish people who are making an honest effort to pay their bills. Duke now requires you to sign a statement up front agreeing to the lien even if you have insurance. It is all about greed at the corporate level.

  • jerryroll Aug 22, 9:55 a.m.

    good - one good thing you've done Pat.....now onto the other '57' mistakes... : )

  • notexactly Aug 22, 7:39 a.m.

    what exactly is pay hiding? .......headsup

  • AlternateOpinion Aug 22, 5:14 a.m.

    Why? If they can not collect from person A that received the treatment, then they will add that non-collection to person b, c, d and so on. I am tired of paying other people's bills. If they have a paycheck then they ought to be paying their bills. whatelseisnew

    So, if they don't have a paycheck they should.... what? If Obamacare's mandate is taking away choice and Medicaid is "handing out free stuff to lazy people" what is the alternative? Maybe a system where every citizen is covered automatically from birth. That way you wouldn't need to be concerned about how anyone else manages their personal income, or the lack thereof, and everyone would still have equal access to healthcare.

    Besides, are those financially devastating collection methods news to you? That's been the way of it forever and I welcome any attempt to make healthcare accessible and affordable to every citizen of this country.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 21, 4:43 p.m.

    "Another section of the legislation limits the ability of hospitals to force repayment of hospital bills through liens on a patient's home or garnishing wages."

    Why? If they can not collect from person A that received the treatment, then they will add that non-collection to person b, c, d and so on. I am tired of paying other people's bills. If they have a paycheck then they ought to be paying their bills.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 21, 4:41 p.m.

    "Too bad the governor's own health secretary abhors transparency!
    "

    Yeah and too bad Obama and Holder kick up clouds of dirt and debris to avoid detection.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 21, 4:40 p.m.

    Well this is a good start. Unfortunately VERY FEW people will bother to look at the prices. They don't want to care, they want the insurance to pay whatever and somehow magically keep premiums low. Along with the pricing though, other info is important. Success/Fail rate of hospitals and individual doctors for all surgeries should be published. When pricing imaging, you will find, places that have the latest equipment will have the highest prices, but even more important is WHO is reviewing the images? What is their skill and experience level? Lots of times images can be misinterpreted. Also, info should be provided on the impacts of radiation on tissue. Most people blithely just get radiated.

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