“The Bitter Pill” in Congress

July 18, 2013

A few months ago Steven Brill published a groundbreaking piece in Time Magazine addressing the inexplicably high and arbitrary costs of medical care. In June, he testified in front of the Senate committee on finance reiterating that changes must be made when ordinary people are charged $18 for a test strip or $88 for a pack of gauze or $49,000 for a $4,500 drug. Brill describes seller regulation, price controls, malpractice reform and anti-trust enforcement as possible pieces to the health care solution but maintains that transparency is the first step in the process. This is a copy of Brill’s congressional testimony that touches on much of what he discussed in his Time piece, and further asserts that to understand and change the extreme costs of healthcare, we need to start discussing the pieces of the healthcare puzzle that the Affordable Care Act didn’t address.

Steven Brill Congressional Testimonial

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