Missourians deserve access to affordable, high quality health care. In the 3rd congressional district, over 323,000 people have pre-existing conditions that could severely hamper, or outright deny them from having access to health insurance. The free market should help reduce the cost of health care, but our hospitals and clinics are about as far from a free marketplace as you can get.
Therefore, I support:
Requiring that hospitals and clinics publicly display the costs of all of their services and procedures, so that other clinics and hospitals will be forced to compete on price.
Requiring hospitals and clinics publish the markup percentage of every disposable item that they bill to patients.
Expanding Medicaid for low-income individuals and families to provide them with access to quality health care.
Expanding mental health services for low-income individuals and families.
Opioids and other Drugs
Franklin County has the second highest death rate for opioid related deaths, with only St. Louis County being higher. In 2016, fentanyl, which is used in pain management medication and anesthesia, was the leading cause of opioid related deaths. There is a lot that needs to be done on the law enforcement side to help solve this problem. In Franklin County, we passed Prop P with the understanding that funding would help retain officers and boost training. There’s more we can do to help curtail this issue, though.
Therefore, I support:
Creating a prescription drug monitoring program that covers the entire state to help prevent “doctor shopping”.
Requiring hospitals and clinics perform a quarterly audit of all prescribers to ensure they are following hospital guidelines for the prescription of opioids.
Requiring pharmaceutical companies that develop addictive drugs provide services to help those who become addicted to their products.
Requiring the attorney general aggressively pursue any and all legal remedies when it is found that pharmaceutical companies are intentionally misleading doctors and patients about the effectiveness of drugs.
Banning pharmaceutical companies from providing doctors with gifts or kickbacks.
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