Health Workers Union Files Ballot Initiatives To Try To Keep Medical Costs Down For Patients
Under the proposed ballot measures, which were filed in six California communities, facilities would be prohibited from charging patients more than 15 percent above the actual cost of providing care.
The Mercury News:
Ballot Initiatives In 5 Bay Area Cities Aim To Lower Costs At Stanford Health Care Facilities
Pledging to hold Stanford Health Care and other healthcare providers accountable for improving quality patient care while keeping costs under control, a health care workers union on Tuesday filed a November 2018 ballot initiative with the city of Palo Alto — its sixth action around the greater Bay Area in recent weeks. The latest move by the Service Employees International Union — United Healthcare Workers West takes aim at Stanford Health Care’s flagship facility, Stanford University Medical Center, which is based in Palo Alto. But the union also filed initiatives last week in Emeryville, Livermore, Pleasanton and Redwood City where Stanford Health Care operates physicians clinics. A ballot measure filed by the union in Watsonville is aimed at Watsonville Community Hospital, which is not affiliated with Stanford Health Care. (Seipel, 12/19)