Republicans are set to take control of the House of Representatives this Jan. 3 for the first time in four years. They should use their newfound narrow majority to detail a clear vision for healthcare reform.
Boosting competition and choice has long been at the center of the GOP’s healthcare agenda. Empowering patients to be buyers, and forcing providers to compete for their business, is a recipe for lower costs and higher quality. That effort starts with insisting on price transparency. Hospitals have been required to publish their prices since the beginning of last year, thanks to a rule issued during the Trump administration. But less than two-thirds of hospitals are compliant, according to research published in the third quarter of 2022 by Turquoise Health. The government recently fined two Georgia hospitals for failing to publish their prices. Republicans must ensure that hospitals are held accountable on a wider scale.