Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 111726
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File Number: 111726 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-710-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGING-REQUIRING MEDICAL DEVICES COMPANIES TO REVEAL PRICES Introduced: 8/19/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/1/2011
Agenda Date: 9/1/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A26
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION REQUIRING MEDICAL DEVICES COMPANIES TO REVEAL PRICES
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/1/2011 11A26 Adopted P

County Attorney 8/19/2011 Assigned Karon M. Coleman

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION REQUIRING MEDICAL DEVICES COMPANIES TO REVEAL PRICES

BODY
WHEREAS, it was recently disclosed that the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County (“the Public Health Trust”), the North and South Broward Hospital Districts – all public hospital systems – and other hospitals have entered into contracts with medical devices companies where the pricing was considered a trade secret; and
WHEREAS, taxpayers have a right to know how much of their taxes are being spent on the purchase of medical devices at public hospitals; and
WHEREAS, because the Public Health Trust and other hospitals cannot compare prices for medical devices, these hospitals cannot determine if they are paying a competitive price; and
WHEREAS, the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County (“the Public Health Trust”) is currently experiencing a fiscal crisis and it is in the best interest of the Public Health Trust and its taxpayers to purchase medical devices at the most competitive prices; and
WHEREAS, secrecy in pricing contributes to the high cost of health care; and
WHEREAS, in 2007, Senators Chuck Grassley and Arlen Specter sponsored a bill to require implantable medical devices companies to reveal prices,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation requiring medical devices companies to reveal its prices.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to members of the Miami-Dade County Congressional Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s federal lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2011 and 2012 Federal Legislative Packages.



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