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Pedro Morillas

Consumer Advocate


Direct Phone: (916) ***-**** ext. ***       


1107 9Th St. Suite 601

Sacramento, California 95814

United States

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The California Public Interest Research Group or CALPIRG has released details on what it says is a practice that leads to prescription drug price inflation. CALPIRG calls it "pay for delay. CALPIRG says the practice of keeping generics off the market make... more

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Senior Account Executive

Fenton Communications


Consumer Federation of California

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau



political science
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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Higher cost at one hospital doesn't necessarily mean higher quality, according to Pedro Morillas, CalPIRG's legislative director.

"Just because a specific hospital charges an arm and a leg doesn't mean you'll get better care there," Morillas said.
Generally, higher income levels near hospitals did not seem to be directly related to higher costs, Morillas said. "The report has found there is a bigger correlation between market forces," he said. "When you have bigger demand from patients, you're able to charge more for procedures. That is, when they're a high-demand hospital."
Consumers don't know how to compare hospital care, Morillas said, "because hospitals are not required to report outcomes, they're only required to report cost. And those costs vary widely, he said, in part because those price tags are only what hospitals charge, before they negotiate the real charge with insurance companies.
"Policy makers need more information, to know how much providing health care actually costs," Morillas said. "Real cost and quality need to be accessible to consumers."
Morillas said the state's health benefit exchange, slated to open in 2014, eventually might provide aggregate quality and cost information.
"Right now the information isn't being collected in a comprehensive enough way to get an accurate picture of what these procedures should cost," Morillas said. "The exchange will have an opportunity to collect a lot of this data. They could get a lot of this information in a uniform, comprehensive way."
Some of that information could also be gathered and compiled by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Morillas said.

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About Pedro Morillas
Pedro Morillas is the legislative director for the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG). Morillas joined CALPIRG's advocacy team in August 2007. Prior to that, for two years Pedro directed citizen outreach offices for CALPIRG in Santa Cruz and San Diego, building citizen support for CALPIRG campaigns to improve drug safety, enact lobby reforms in Congress, and invest in public transit, among others. Since joining the CALPIRG advocacy team Pedro has helped pass consumer protections including legislation to stop some of the worst lending practices that led to the mortgage meltdown. Additionally, Pedro has crafted legislation pending in the California legislature to improve California's budget accountability and transparency.
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Pedro Morillas, CalPIRG's legislative director says: "When you have bigger demand from patients, you're able to charge more for procedures.

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