Governor, Fla. Legislature explore health care transparency

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 18:01:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature are finding common ground on how to protect consumers from price gouging at health care facilities.

With the legislative session set to open Tuesday, a pair of Republicans - Rep. Chris Sprowls and Sen. Rob Bradley - are sponsoring bills requiring facilities to provide further transparency on costs.

The bills come as a commission appointed by Scott is set to make its presentation on health care transparency before a House Select Committee on Affordable Healthcare Access on Friday.

The Legislature and commission are proposing a website that allows patients to search by condition and then the needed procedure. It could then provide price averages and ranges, along with itemizing tests and procedures.