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Opinion: State leaders’ plans may lead to more efficient health care
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A hospital room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

I am pleased that the Georgia legislature has discussed taking actions this session which acknowledge that medical insurance practices require government oversight. 

Our medical system, especially its complex layers of insurance costs and unrestrained drug pricing, is by far the most expensive in the world, with little to show for it in terms of actual health outcomes. 

The current system is so firmly entrenched, however, that trying to figure out how to fix it at the necessary scale is daunting. 

I really believe that state actions such as the "Surprise Medical Bill" legislation (SB 359, HB 888) and the "Keep Your Doctor" bill (SB 352) can open the door to additional oversight, and eventually lead to a better and more cost-efficient system. This is a discussion we need to have. 

Carl Bedingfield

Gainesville

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