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Surprise medical bill protections for consumers and new painkiller prescribing requirements for doctors are among measures signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco estimate that hospitals could lose nearly $1,000 per surgery by throwing away opened but unused supplies, such as gloves and sponges.
The California measure would protect consumers and provide better reimbursement for care, supporters say.
The drug Lantus is among a new generation of diabetes medications that is difficult for governments — and consumers — to afford.
The bill would help consumers avoid pricey bills from out-of-network docs.
Liz Helms of the California Chronic Care Coalition takes some surprising positions on prescription drug costs.
California is among a number of states considering new laws to control the rising cost of prescription medications.
Some parents and advocates say they now support the measure after changes were made to address their concerns.
Proposed legislation would require drugmakers to disclose and justify price hikes. The industry has taken to Facebook and Twitter, warning that the proposal could lead to medication shortages in some regions of the state.
A pioneering program in southern California provides ongoing care and housing to homeless people who are “super-utilizers” of hospital emergency rooms. The effort is reducing ER visits and saving a lot of money.