Six months after state officials decided against building a database that would include a record of all health insurance claims, the Legislature is gearing up to explore the issue again.
Supporters contend that it is needed to make healthcare more transparent and efficient by pulling together information about how much each health service costs, enabling policymakers to find ways to improve the quality of healthcare and providing useful information for consumers who are picking up more and more of the tab for medical costs.
Opponents contend that the usefulness of such databases in states where they exist has not been proven. And they say it would create unnecessary costs for both state government and insurers – in fact, New Jersey officials cited projected operating costs when they decided against pursuing federal funds to help establish a database.
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