Hospitals and health insurance companies are big employers in Massachusetts and it’s not a surprise that they are involved in the major business trade organizations in the state, nor that business leaders comprise a significant share of the board members of hospitals and health plans. But these incestuous relationships create some enormous conflicts of interest in the cost control arena. We need more public exploration and discussion about how all these overlaps limit the ability of Massachusetts employers to be a force to contain health care costs—in hospitals, health insurance companies, and on Beacon Hill.
That commenter also focuses on the leadership of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and the foundation's president, Michael J. Widmer, responds. Check out the full exchange here.
This program aired on September 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.