Legislator: Patients need ease of access to make informed health care decisions
State Rep. Peter Lucido today testified before the House Health Policy Committee advocating for a bill he introduced requiring the state to provide a database of health facilities and agencies to be accessed through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.
The proposed database would include the contact information, days and hours of operation, license information, complaints, violations and investigations of each health facility or agency.
“Health providers and care facilities have a responsibility to remain transparent to potential patients,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “I certainly wouldn’t want my parents to be cared for by a facility being investigated for cleanliness standards or malpractice – I imagine other Michigan residents feel the same way.”
Lucido says this streamlined approach to accessing information will allow Michigan residents to find all the facts they need in one place. In his testimony, the legislator stated he wants to ensure elderly residents, especially, have the resources they need to find a care facility that is best for their unique needs. The bill is part of Lucido’s commitment to residents to put families first in his legislative efforts.
“I’m fortunate that my siblings and I are close by to care for my elderly parents – they cared for me my whole life and now I’m happy I can care for them,” said Lucido. “But every family is different, and I feel for those who don’t live near their elderly loved ones – these people need to know every detail possible before selecting a care facility for their parents.”
The bill language states the department shall inform the public through press releases and other media avenues of the information available in the database and how to access the free online resource.
House Bill 4361 remains under consideration by the Health Policy Committee.