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High prices for health care are making Washingtonians sick.

Big health industry players like hospital chains, insurance and drug companies are forcing patients to choose between going into debt or going without the care they need.

High and unpredictable costs of health care are driving thousands of Washingtonians to go uninsured, skip treatment and cut medication doses. 

“I could not get appropriate assistive devices.”
“We have put off my husband getting hearing aids because of the cost.”
“I have skipped dentist appointments because I can’t afford it.”
“I put off a colonoscopy because the last time it cost me $1,500.”
“I skip prescriptions or take less of my medications.”
“I’ve had to pass on prescriptions due to the crazy costs.”
“I’ve missed out on doctor and dentist appointments.”
“I did not get a hysterectomy due to cost after insurance.”
“I avoid going to the doctor because we already have too much debt from treatment.”
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The Problem

Our health care system has been broken for too long. We spend more on health care than any other nation and we have the worst outcomes and access. People are suffering because they can’t afford the cost of going to the doctor or filling their prescription. We want to change that with policy solutions that will make the health care system work better for all Washingtonians.

The Solutions

New data is helping us understand what’s driving health care spending, including the prices charged by certain large hospital systems, providers, and pharmaceutical suppliers. Fair Health Prices Washington is a partnership of patient groups, advocacy organizations, business leaders, and labor unions working together to make change with a range of data-driven policy options. With your help, we can lower health care prices.

Learn more about policies that can help.