Health Care

Issue | Health Care

Campaign for Health Care Reform

America’s health care system is structured for drug industry, insurance company, and medical specialty profits, not better health outcomes for you.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

MASSPIRG Testifies on Rx Drug Marketing bills Urges Committee to Support Bills that Rein in Healthcare Costs

MASSPIRG testified today before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health on a handful of bills that would add to or work to decrease Massachusetts’ highest-in-the-nation healthcare costs.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Keep the Focus on Lowering Health Care Costs

Statement from the Legislative Director of MASSPIRG on Blue Cross Blue Shield’s decision to give back $4.26 million to their customers after AG investigation into the excessive compensation awarded to former CEO Cleve Killingsworth. 

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Keep the Focus on Lowering Health Care Costs

MASSPIRG's reaction to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s decision to refund $4.26 million to their customers after AG investigation into  excessive compensation.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Legislature Preserves Rx Gift Ban in Budget

MASSPIRG praised the legislature for rejecting attempts by Big Pharma to repeal laws aimed at lowering our skyrocketing health care costs by reining in the drug industry’s aggressive and expensive marketing tactics in the budget.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Legislature Preserves Rx Gift Ban in Budget

MASSPIRG praised the legislature for rejecting Big Pharma attempt to repeal RX drug gift ban.

Testimony for the 2011 Health Care Cost Trends Hearing

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Health care costs are out of control and rising considerably faster than almost every other household expense. We must reduce the cost of health care now; the high costs have gone on for too long and must be reversed.

The Prescription Drug and Medical Device Ban is an important consumer protection law aimed at driving down our highest-in-the-nation, spiraling health care costs by reining in the drug and medical device industries’ aggressive marketing tactics. Among other things, the law bans gifts and/or payments of more than $50, including restaurant meals and entertainment, to physicians and other prescribers, from drug and medical device companies.

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