California Healthline: Hearing Looks at High Cost of Medicine

by David Gorn

“This is a time of great hope for many of us in health policy,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) at last week’s Senate Committee on Health hearing, “Making Health Care Affordable: Exploring California’s Efforts.”

“To date, more than 2.3 million Californians have been added to Medi-Cal or the exchange,” Hernandez said. “These successes should be celebrated, but they do come at a great cost.”

That cost is borne by taxpayers, employers and individuals, and that cost is too high, Hernandez said. “The next debate in the state and in the country has to be: Why are medical bills so high?”

The numbers are scary, he said: 20% of the gross domestic product is spent on health care in the U.S., about twice as much as what other developed countries spend, he said, with similar outcomes.

“In my opinion, this is not sustainable,” Hernandez said.

Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2014/3/hearing-looks-at-high-cost-of-medicine

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