Ryan Statement on Administration’s Recent Steps to Improve Patients’ Access to Health Care Quality and Price Information
On August 22, 2006, President Bush issued an Executive Order that directs federal agencies that administer or sponsor federal health insurance programs to share with beneficiaries information about prices paid to health care providers for procedures, as well as information about the quality of services provided by physicians, hospitals and other health care providers.
Congressman Ryan, who has fought for greater openness and disclosure of health care price and quality information to health care consumers, applauded this step forward. His statement about this Executive Order is below:
“In order to make informed health care decisions, patients and their families need access to accurate, up-to-date, easy-to-understand information about health care providers’ prices and quality of care. The President’s recent directive helps move us toward realizing this goal. By requiring federal programs to open up and share their price and quality information with beneficiaries, the government can help ensure that more health care consumers are armed with the facts they need to get the best quality care, while lowering costs at the same time.”