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Bill to Provide Georgia Residents with Medical Procedure Cost, Quality of Care Information

To counteract ‘Surprise Billing’, a bill being discussed in the Georgia Legislature aims to provide Georgia residents with information on how much they will pay for a medical procedure and the quality of care they can expect to receive.

The Telegraph writes on Senate Bill 303, which is part of a general legislative push for greater transparency in medical prices, including proposals on surprise billing. The “Georgia Right to Shop Act’’ legislation, as it’s also known, would allow patients to query their insurance company, either online or on the phone, on what out-of-pocket costs they would face if they use a particular medical provider. Consumers would also get data on the quality record a doctor or hospital has in providing that medical service.

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