Health Care
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The Health Care industry in the entire nation is a topic of great concern.  There is a lot that cannot be controlled by the State legislature, but we should do everything we can to lower costs of health care while maintaining and improving the quality.  I will create my own advisory committee of current and former medical and insurance professionals who have witnessed firsthand how the system fails patients and want to improve it instead of profit from it.

I am currently considering several points that can be addressed to improve transparency and create competition in the industry.

1) Cease the practice of price bargaining with different insurance companies.  The cost of a procedure should be straightforward.  No matter what insurance company you have or if you are paying with cash the price should be the same.

2) Require medical providers to list their prices on their websites and in the office.  The thought, "my insurance will cover it", is taking away our personal responsibility too make sure we are not paying too much for a service.  When you take your car in for repairs they are required to give you an estimate of the costs, the same should be done by medical providers.  It will allow patients to seek alternative procedures, testing, and even providers, if they deem the cost to be too high.

3) Prescription pills should be provided in the least expensive form available unless a form is specified by the physician for a sound medical reason.  Tablets may be a hundred dollars cheaper than caplets for the same dose and quantity, a pharmacy should not have the option to upsell the customer especially without their consent.

4) Conglomerate medical providers must streamline their billing departments so patients are not receiving separate bills for each different building (facility), but have one account for all of them.  Medical billing is confusing enough without receiving separate bills from Sparrow or Mid-Michigan, often for a single visit.  A bill is sent for the doctor's visit, the x-ray, the radiologist, and if there was any bloodwork there's another bill from the lab.  The bills all have the same conglomerate name at the top of them.  It's hard to know when you are actually done paying for the visit.
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The Main Issue

A Truly Representative Government

  

I do believe that there is a great need to reduce the cost of health care thereby reducing the cost of insurance and I want to hear your thoughts.  Use the Contact Christopher page to share your ideas, opinions or even your disagreement with what I propose.​​

The reason I am running for State Senator is because I believe that both the Republican and Democrat parties are failing at listening to their constituents.  They are too focused on keeping or gaining power for their party and not focused enough on going back to the voters that elected them to hear what they think about the issues.  In today's world with modern technology and social media it is not hard for legislators to hear what voters have to say if they are willing to listen.


I am not a person that will go around giving speeches telling you how you should feel about a subject.  I want to go out and hear your opinion, not shape it.  The following issues and the potential solutions I propose are not carved in stone.  I believe we need to be thinking outside the box of what has become the traditional politician's thinking - maintaining the status quo.  I do believe the issues I address are important, but I'm sure there are others that are just as important or more important to you.  I want to hear it, use the contact page to let your voice be heard.  It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, one of the minor parties or an Independent, I want to hear your voice.  Your State Senator shouldn't just represent members of a certain party, but every person.  That is how a representative government should work.
 
  
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