2/13 Letters: State Health Plan should put people before politics

2/13 Letters: State Health Plan should put people before politics

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Starting Jan. 1, hospitals are mandated to reveal their once-secret master price lists, although it’s unclear whether the new requirement will assist many patients or contain ever-rising health care costs. NC State Treasurer Dale Folwell is proposing changes in the State Health Plan that would require similar transparency in pricing. (Dreamstime) Dreamstime TNS file photo Treasurer inaccurate In his campaign to change the payment system for the State Health Plan, our elected State Treasurer Dale Folwell has opted to spread misinformation, create uncertainty for state employees and retirees, and sow doubt about the dedication of healthcare providers in our state instead of exploring sustainable solutions to solve the complex challenges facing the Plan. Healthcare leaders across the state have offered to work with him on numerous occasions, but have been rebuffed. The treasurer’s latest assertions, that physicians and hospital employees are fraudulent, wasteful, and would “order more tests” in response to his ill-conceived plan, is offensive and inaccurate. I have worked with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals for more than 35 years, and consider them heroes. We put our trust in them to deliver our babies, care for our aging parents and treat our illness and injuries. They deserve our respect and admiration. The issue at hand is protecting an important benefit for state employees, retirees and their families, while ensuring the state’s dollars are being spent wisely. Simply paying less for the same services does nothing to modernize the State Health Plan or to address the underlying […]

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