a lot more to be added to this section later
This looks interesting http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/09/08/liz-fowlers-plan/
of course a lot of the folks appointed to overhaul the health care payment systems have ties with the industry they are supposed to regulate
Effective July 26, 2009, Washington state law requires that all fees and charges for health care services by health care providers and licensed facilities must be disclosed at the request of the patient. Providers and facilities may refer a patient to the patient’s insurer for specific information on the insurer’s charges and fees, any cost-sharing responsibilities required of the patient, and the network status of ancillary providers who may or may not share the same network as the provider or facility. Providers and facilities must post a sign in patient registration areas indicating that patients may ask about the estimated charges of the health services. This practice will comply with all applicable requirements.