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Costly health care: Texas has an affordability crisis

What is driving higher health care prices and what steps can policymakers take today to address the increasing prices in health care across Texas? Here’s our diagnosis.

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By Charles Miller for Texas 2036

Texas 2036 is a nonprofit organization building long-term, data-driven strategies to secure Texas’ prosperity through our state’s bicentennial and beyond.

Texans need more health care access

A lack of choices and transparency

“For Texans to be able to get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford, the state needs to prioritize ensuring our health care markets are healthy. In healthy markets, providers compete on price and quality, and informed patients are able to shop around and benefit from choosing high-quality, low-cost care.”

A treatment plan to expand health care access

“Competitive markets must provide choices.”

“Lastly, healthy markets must be engaged.”

Texas is well positioned to act

“The 88th Legislature has an opportunity to build upon existing price transparency requirements, eliminate restrictions preventing disclosure of quality information, address the growing impact of consolidation and market power, and limit the potential of private equity from adding hidden fees to your bill.”

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