Making Health Care Affordable and Accessible
Right on Health Care is an initiative to ensure every American is in charge of their own individual or family medical decisions. When the insurance companies and the government are in control, the result is always higher costs, less access, lower quality, and worse results. ROH seeks to develop an effective system that prioritizes the needs of patients.
- Require greater transparency in health care prices by ensuring patients have access to pricing information before they are provided a service or treatment. Patients rightly believe that receiving pricing information before they make health care decisions will lead to lower costs and better care and avoid surprise billing. Quick access to services, like COVID testing, would help slow the spread of the disease, but patients need to know that exorbitant bills aren’t waiting for them after being treated. Nearly three-quarters of Texans say It should be mandatory for medical providers to give patients the price for non-emergency procedures and treatments before performing them.
- Create a voluntary doctor-to-patient medication program so patients can safely, affordably, and more easily get the drugs they need. Texas is one of only five states that does not allow physicians to directly dispense medications to patients. Doing so not only cuts down wait times at pharmacies, but studies show it increases adherence rates, improving patient health, and reduces the use of emergency care if they’ve had an adverse reaction, lowering costs.
- Allow out-of-state licensed physicians reciprocity to practice in Texas. Texas already has more than twenty health care license reciprocity laws that allow for an increase in certain providers. Allowing out of state physicians to practice in Texas, will open up options for patients to get the kind of care they want and need, particularly in light of strained facilities due to COVID.
- Make permanent the liberalization of the use of telemedicine. Tele-medicine emerged as a highly sought after service due to COVID. It offers a convenient and safe alternative to traveling long distances to see a doctor or waiting in rooms with other potentially infectious patients. Texas should permanently eliminate regulations waived during the coronavirus outbreak that increased telemedicine access and lower costs.
- Create an innovative program to allow direct primary care into Texas’ Medicaid population. The healthcare system is rife with middlemen who are driving up the cost of care. Insurance companies are positioning themselves between doctors and patients and determining what kind of care patients can access. Direct primary care eliminates the middlemen and bureaucracy and restores the patient-doctor relationship. Texas should create a pilot program to allow Medicaid patients to access direct primary care options to lower costs for taxpayers and improve care for patients.
- Allow medical cost-sharing agreements to operate freely without being regulated as “insurance.” Options such as Health Sharing Ministries are not traditional insurance because they do not operate on the principles of deferred risk. Texas should soften or eliminate regulations that wrongly classify these choices so patients have more low-cost alternatives to provide care for their families.