Tuesday May 15, 2012

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick says he is not convinced that a new state agency needs to be created to administer health care payment reform in Massachusetts.

The Democrat discussed efforts to rein in health care costs in remarks prepared for delivery Tuesday to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Bills unveiled in the House and Senate call for creation of a semi-independent agency to monitor spending by the health care industry. Patrick said creating such agencies was a "bad Massachusetts habit."

The governor also told the gathering of business leaders he believed that annual growth in health care expenditures under the proposed law should be limited to no higher than the overall growth in the state economy.

The state Senate is scheduled to debate its version of the cost containment legislation on Tuesday.