Why Health Price Regulations in California are Misguided

But imposing uniform payment rates is dangerous and misguided. Prices have implications for quality, access and innovation. For example, Medi-Cal reimburses physicians far less than Medicare and private plans; nearly half the physicians in the state are not willing to accept new Medi-Cal patients. If this new commission were to set prices too low, hospitals could go out of business and physicians may leave the state. (Erin E. Trish and Dana P. Goldman in The Sacramento Bee, 5/02/18)