Congressman: Health Care Costs Should Be More Transparent

Rep. Larry Buschon is touring the state with state Rep. Tim Brown to gather more information about Hoosiers' health care.

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Rep. Larry Bucshon (far left) speaks to a group of health care professionals at Centerstone in Bloomington.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, R-8th District, says Hoosiers have a right to know what their health care costs.

During a panel discussion at Centerstone in Bloomington as a part of his statewide healthcare “listening tour,” Bucshon, who is also a medical doctor, said since the introduction of third party payers, the transparency of health care costs has faded.

“If I told you you’re going to go down to the local car dealership and buy a certain type of car–if you’ve bought a few cars in your life, it would pop in your head, ‘ding’, a ball-park idea of what it might cost,” he said. “You’d have a ball-park right? If I said, you’re going to have to have a three-vessel bypass, you wouldn’t even know where to start.”

Alana Luttrull received addiction services at Centerstone and now works as a counselor. She says  low-income Hoosiers often can’t  get insurance and if they have access to it, they don’t know what they can afford.

“Without that kind of funding, they’ll continue to go to the ER for primary care,” she says. “They will continue to not work, to live off of benefits for decades to come because they didn’t get the mental health treatment they needed.”

Buschon’s tour wraps up tomorrow.  He says he hopes to get a comprehensive view of the issues in the state.

Alex Dierckman

Alex Dierckman is a reporter and anchor for WFIU/WTIU News and Indiana Newsdesk. She has been with the station since 2012. From Carmel, Indiana, Alex is excited to report and deliver the news in her home state. You can follow her on Twitter @alexdierckman.

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