Health Care

To stop skyrocketing drug prices, the government needs to start negotiating

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

 It’s time for Congress to enact a common-sense solution to bring down drug prices

Illinois PIRG Education Fund tips to protect yourself from surprise medical bills

By | Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

Imagine you go to a hospital for a routine procedure. You’ve made sure your hospital and doctor are covered by your insurance. The procedure goes well and you head home to recover. Two weeks later, you get the bill, but instead of the copay you expected, you get a bill for nearly $4,000. Turns out, the anesthesiologist who assisted with your procedure was “out of network” and your insurance won’t cover that bill as expected. You’ve received a surprise medical bill and now owe the difference between what your insurance will pay the out-of-network anesthesiologist and what you were billed. 

News Release | Illinois PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Report: Nursing homes cope with huge staff shortages 

More than 3,000 U.S. nursing homes last month had a shortage of nurses, aides or doctors, the nadir for a crippling problem that started last May. At any given time throughout most of 2020, more than 200,000 Americans resided in nursing homes that admit they were suffering through staff shortages. In Illinois, 165 homes were understaffed in December, potentially affecting the care of 11,723 residents in those homes.

News Release | Illinois PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Prices of common medications can vary by hundreds of dollars

While many Americans struggle to afford their prescription drugs, U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s survey of retail prices of commonly-prescribed medications found patients can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars in some cases by shopping around at pharmacies within their communities.

Right to Repair is a simple way to cut health care costs

By | Nathan Proctor
Senior Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Cost containment is is a critical first step in addressing the deep faults in our health care system - it's hard to image fixing problems of access if we continue to be charged $15 for a Tylenol pill or $1,000 for a toothbrush. It turns out that overpriced equipment repair helps add to those inflated costs.

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