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Stein Health Cost Bill Passes Senate

With little attention and no debate, Senator Josh Stein’s innovative bill to set up a comparative effectiveness task force passed the NC Senate yesterday. This is the idea for a collaboration of all the research and policy health care organizations to collect, do research, and publish information about what drugs, devices, and procedures are effective – and which ones don’t work. Estimates are that we spend about one-third of our health care dollars on treatments that aren’t effective. Stein’s bill can set up the framework to begin to change that and start us down the road to saving real money in health care.

2 Comments

  1. Eugene Barufkin

    May 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Great bill Josh,
    Being creative works.
    NC needs more of this.
    Thank you
    eb

  2. Dr. SinglePayer

    May 13, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    This is grossly disappointing. There are drug company and insurance company representatives, providers and big deal medical centers, and not a single public or consumer representative. That is deplorable.
    Sincerely,
    Jonathan Kotch, MD, President
    Health Care for All NC