Hill November 22, 2021
Lawmakers are encouraging a reexamination of the health care industry to address social and economic factors to make it more accessible to the general public.
Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) both pointed to the expansion of telehealth amid the COVID-19 pandemic as an example of positive change during The Hill’s “Future of Health Care Summit: Tackling Costs & Pathways to Care” event last week.
Telehealth is convenient, saves costs and increases accessibility to those in rural communities, they said. With the right services and instruments, patients can record their blood pressure, monitor other vital signs and coordinate care with doctors.
Cárdenas also pointed to biosimilars — off-brand medicine with no meaningful difference from the original — as...