Office of the State Auditor Adds Medical Cannabis Visit Cost Information to Utah Health Cost Compare

By: Sarah Ponce

Salt Lake City, UTAH –

The Office of the State Auditor (Office) today announces the addition of medical cannabis visit
cost information to Utah Health Cost Compare. HealthCost.utah.gov allows users to easily
compare the cost of a variety of healthcare procedures and medications from different
providers across Utah. This update delivers a tool where users can compare the cost of a visit to
obtain or renew a medical cannabis-related evaluation.

The new capability was jointly developed by the Office of the State Auditor in cooperation with
the Utah Department of Health. It provides a convenient way to compare the cost of different
types of medical cannabis-related healthcare provider visits. Utahns can select from 4 types of
visits to compare prices across various Utah practices. Types of visits include Initial Cannabis
Evaluation or Cannabis Renewal Visit.

“Including cost information for medical cannabis visits in a single location will assist patients in
their pursuit of critical health care resources and will protect them against predatory practices,”
said Senator Luz Escamilla. “I am grateful for these coordinated efforts between the State
Auditor’s Office and the Utah Department of Health that increase the effectiveness of the
state’s medical cannabis program.”

“The department appreciates the opportunity to work with the Office of the State Auditor on
adding medical cannabis visit cost information to this useful website. Some patients struggle to
afford the cost of medical visits and it is great to see that patients now have the ability to easily
compare prices charged by medical providers who offer medical cannabis evaluations. We
encourage patients to visit this website, and we hope they connect with a medical provider who
can best help them treat their medical condition at a reasonable price.” said Richard Oborn,
Utah Department of Health, Center for Medical Cannabis.

State Auditor John Dougall commented, “Utah Health Cost Compare now includes the cost of a
medical cannabis visit as well as over one hundred other medical procedures. We appreciated
working with the Utah Department of Health to provide this valuable cost information to
patients. We want Utahns to be able to find the most cost effective providers to meet their
healthcare needs. We are shining a light on the true total cost of health care procedures. Too
often medical pricing is unnecessarily opaque and overly confusing. It is time for meaningful
change.”

Health Cost Compare may be accessed at HealthCost.utah.gov. Just click on the “Cannabis Visit”
link at the top of the page to find visit cost information. The Medical Cannabis Visit comparison
tool can be directly accessed at HealthCost.utah.gov/cannabis.php
The news release and related information may be found on the Office’s website at
auditor.utah.gov .

About the Office of the State Auditor
The Office of the State Auditor provides Utah taxpayers and government officials with an
independent assessment of financial operation, statutory compliance, and performance
management for state and local government.

Specific activities of the Office include performing financial audits, conducting Federal funds
compliance audits, providing local government oversight, conducting agency and program
performance audits, performing fraud and compliance audits, and operating the State Auditor
Hotline for citizens to report suspected financial issues or improprieties. These capabilities
strengthen Utah State Government and help taxpayers have confidence in the integrity of
Utah’s government agencies.

The Office also provides interactive graphical tools to help taxpayers and policymakers gain
greater insight into governmental financial activities.

The State Auditor is a Constitutional Officer of the State of Utah, elected directly by the state’s
citizens every four years. The role of the State Auditor is authorized in Article VII, Section 15 of
the Utah Constitution. For more information, see auditor.utah.gov.

Contact – Office of the State Auditor:
Nicole Davis
Public Information Officer
Office of the State Auditor
801-678-4835
ndavis@utah.gov

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