Other recommendations include common sense policies such as greater transparency in prices so that patients can compare how much doctors and hospitals charge for different services and simplifying administrative systems. We should also protect doctors from medical malpractice liability if they use health information technology and follow specific clinical guidelines, which will also lower costs and improve care.
It's time to expand the conversation about healthcare costs to include these types of proposals. Federal healthcare spending cannot be ignored, but it is just one part of a complicated story. That is why a balanced approach, and not sequestration, is the way forward.