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Governor Signs Health Care Price Comparison Bill

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Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill today that makes it so people seeking health care can find out what different routine procedures cost at hospitals around the state. Fourteen other states have these websites.

Patients will be able to shop around and find the best deal on medical procedures—and see which hospitals perform them best—when a new public website goes up. Prices of vary drastically from hospital to hospital, according to Think New Mexico’s Fred Nathan, and unveiling the price tags actually drives costs down.

"The states that have these websites, the cost of medical care is 7 percent lower, and for some procedures, it’s dramatically lower," he said. "For example hip replacements—$2,800 less in those states with health care transparency websites."

The website will also show the rates of re-admissions, errors and infections, according to Nathan.

Under the new law, the site will have to be live by 2018, but Nathan says they’re hoping it will only take about a year to create.

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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