Kendall Qualls: Healthcare Framework
Minnesotans deserve a modern, personalized healthcare system that is built to meet their families’ needs and delivered through a patient and physician-centered model. Like most aspects of our society, when government bureaucracy is minimized and freedom is maximized, we experience innovation, higher quality, satisfied customers, and lower costs.
Healthcare is important to every family in Minnesota, and there should be a safety net for people that cannot afford healthcare and protections for people with pre-existing conditions – and we can accomplish this without eliminating private health insurance.
In Congress, I will base my decisions on healthcare policy on three guiding principles: (1) transparency, (2) competition, and (3) affordability.
In doing so, any health plan must achieve on six critical goals:
- Put patients first.
- Lower costs.
- Provide patients access to care when and where they need it, and cover pre-existing conditions.
- World-leading quality and care.
- Encourage innovation in life-saving cures and medical devices.
- Maintain employer-sponsored care.
I support these seven fixes to our healthcare system:
- Price Transparency: I support total price transparency that puts patients in charge of making healthcare purchasing decisions. This is absolutely essential to create a competitive healthcare marketplace similar to that which exists for other consumer goods.
- Increase Competition: I support creating new, competitive health insurance and payment plans that eliminate provider networks, giving patients’ freedom to buy healthcare from any willing provider – and that encourage providers to set up independent clinics and care centers.
- End Surprise Billing: I support capping provider billing charges at no more than 200 percent of what Medicare would pay for emergency room services, and for incapacitated individuals who are unable to make decisions about their own care.
- Lower Prescription Drug Prices: I support an all-the-above approach to lower the cost of prescription drugs that does not prevent the discovery of vital cures, this includes: price transparency, biotech drugs, generics, and FDA onsite inspection and certification of any foreign supplier of medications.
- Pharmacy Reform: I support requiring pharmacies to tell a patient the price the pharmacy accepts as full payment for all prescriptions and the price of any and all alternatives to the prescribed medicines.
- End the Monopolies: I support breaking up the emerging monopolies that hinder competitive pricing in healthcare.
- Empower States: I support returning healthcare and insurance regulation to states instead of the federal bureaucracy.
Together, we will increase transparency and promote competition to lower healthcare costs and ensure the most vulnerable members of our society are protected – including those with preexisting conditions – while maintaining private health insurance.