The Coalition for Affordable Health Care was in Pittsfield, MA, Friday to talk to the public and business owners about their coverage. Health New England President & CEO Peter Straley told them that a lot needs to change and the best way to get coverage costs under control is to take better care of ourselves. Our health should also include more conservative care. Too often, Straley says, doctors order more tests than are needed. “MRIs, CTs…these are exceptionally expensive, exceptionally important diagnostic tools, but we use them too much,” said Straley.
One local insurance expert says another way to rein in health care costs is to shop around. “As frustrated as employers are, they are having more options and they are taking advantage of the marketplace forces,” said True North Financial Services insurance broker Holly Taylor.