California must implement policies to control price increases in the health care – Health News Today

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To protect Californians from rising health care costs, the state needs to strengthen price transparency and price competition.

By Glenn Melnick, Special to CalMatters

Glenn Melnick is a professor of health care finance and public policy at the University of Southern California, [email protected]

Even before the onset of COVID-19, the cost of health care was becoming a public health crisis of its own.

Double-digit premium increases and growing out-of-pocket expenses cost the average family $24,104 in 2018 – out of a median household income of $70,489 – and more than half of Californians said they had skipped or postponed health care in the past year because of rising costs.