Will Transparency Make Health Care Costs Cheaper?

Fred Nathan
Fred Nathan

Fred Nathan, the Executive Director of Think New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based think tank, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, December 8 meeting of the Albuquerque Press Women.

Fred Nathan’s talk will focus on Think New Mexico’s new public policy initiative to make health care more affordable in New Mexico by increasing transparency and ending price discrimination. The costs and quality of common medical procedures vary dramatically from hospital to hospital in New Mexico. Yet it is currently easier for New Mexicans to find information about the price and quality for a household appliance than for a medical procedure. Think New Mexico is recommending that the state create a user-friendly public website that would disclose hospital price and quality information for common medical procedures, similar to those in 14 other states. Think New Mexico also proposes to prohibit price discrimination, the situation in which patients at the same hospital receiving the same treatment from the same

To attend the meeting on December 8 at 11:45 a.m. at the MCM Eleganté (2020 Menaul NE), please make reservations by Wed. December 3 by e-mailing press women  or calling (505) 720-7821. If a special meal is required, please note that when you make your reservation. Cost of the luncheon is $16 for members and $21 for non-members.