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National Minority Quality Forum Announces Support for Government Noninterference in Drug Price Negotiations
Date:3/19/2013

ender. They achieve financial objectives by compromising quality and denying care. Centralized price setting is an equally objectionable option. Neither of these approaches to artificially constraining access to care is acceptable to the National Minority Quality Forum. Nor, we believe, are they acceptable to the American healthcare consumer – collectively or individually. 

"The Forum supports a consumer-oriented health care system in which government provides means tested premium support for private insurance," says Gary A. Puckrein , PhD, president and chief executive officer of the National Minority Quality Forum. Government can and should play a critical role in this system by enforcing transparency, arresting fraud and abuse, and guaranteeing the safety and efficacy of medical care. Government should encourage investments that address unmet medical needs and support efforts to find cost-efficient solutions for therapies that currently fail to satisfy consumer demands. Government should not set drug prices, nor should it establish formularies."

The National Minority Quality Forum is a Washington, DC–based not-for-profit, non-partisan, independent research and education organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care that is available for and provided to all populations. Visit our website at www.nmqf.org. Look for us on Facebook (National Minority Quality Forum), and follow us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/NMQF).


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