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Large hospitals reportedly use secret deals to hinder competition

Wednesday, September 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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On its front page, the Wall Street Journal (9/18, A1, Mathews, Subscription Publication) reports that hospital giants use a series of secret agreements to protect themselves and stop efforts to lower health care costs. In some instances, hospitals can require that they be included in all health plans in their area, or prevent rivals which charge less from being included. Alternatively, they could obscure prices from consumers or limit attempts to audit claims. The article says U.S. health care spending is higher than other developed countries’, and the problem is not that Americans are consuming more health care, but that what they pay for is increasingly more expensive. 

 

Source: AMA Morning Rounds


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