Mystery Hospital Costs
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With the new Hospital Price Transparency rule, patients will finally be able to view and compare the costs of services across hospitals. David Balat of Right on Healthcare joins the podcast to share how patients across the country will benefit from transparent prices. Learn how the rule can help you save money on hospital costs. 

Plus, Kate speaks with Meredith Casey of the Mighty Meredith Project on advocacy for invisible illnesses.


David Balat

Director, Right on Healthcare

David Balat is the director of the Right on Healthcare initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has broad experience across the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former congressional candidate in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District and a seasoned hospital executive with more than 20 years of healthcare industry leadership and executive management experience.

Balat has earned the privilege of being invited to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform in Washington, D.C., and before various House committees in the Texas state Legislature. He is a published author and op-ed columnist in Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Real Clear Politics, and other news outlets. He is also an active speaker and commentator on matters of health policy.

Balat often volunteers to help families navigate their bills and how to understand their benefits. He serves as a board member for a nonprofit focused on educating legislators and the community about important matters pertaining to healthcare freedom.

Balat is a first-generation American and the first in his family to graduate from college. He received his B.S. from the University of Houston and joint master’s degrees in business administration and hospital administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.


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David Balat 

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