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Post costs for treatments to give consumers options

Foley said about 1/3 of the budget is related to healthcare spending and he wants to get at those basic costs at the hospital and physician level. "If you get the whole healthcare services industry to deliver their services more efficiently, then Connecticut would save a lot of money," he said.

Foley would like to see more transparency with posted costs for treatments to give consumers options. "Nobody is taking costs into account when they make these decisions," Foley said, which leaves a situation where efficiencies will never develop around delivering a service.

"When the government is such a large consumer of healthcare services, they have the opportunity to come in and say 'No. You are not going to get that MRI (at a specific hospital) you are going to have it done at some other hospital or some clinic,'" Foley said. He said by lowering the cost of healthcare, those fixed costs will go down. "I think the way our hospital structure is set up is very high cost," Foley said.

Source: New Haven Register on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race , Jun 29, 2014

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