By Senator Gene Davis
Democrat, Senate District 3
I am posting here today because of the recent articles that I have read regarding the increased costs of healthcare; consolidation or merges among the insurance industry has tended to monopolize the market place.
Senator Wadoups and I have had discussion about these issues. As the Privately Owned Health Care Task Force begins it’s second year of looking at our health care system. We believe it is time to investigate the competition and exclusion of providers in our system.
When more and more individuals are losing coverage or have to meet astronomical first pays or co-pays just to see a doctor to receive medical attention then something must be done. The healthcare system is broken and part of the problem is patient choice and access to affordable healthcare. We think there is a role for all providers.
What are the factors behind the double-digit healthcare inflation?
What are health insurance contracts predicated upon?
Why is the cost of health care so high?
Is there any kind of conspiracy between the insurance industry and some providers?
We need answers and so I am joining with Senator Wadoups in calling for an audit and investigation into these issues on both the Federal and State level.