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Hospital Prices: The Inconvenient Truth
Paul Keckley, Ph.D., Navigant HealthcareLink to more items from this source
[Opinion]
Dec. 21, 2015
"I spent 51 hours in a hospital last summer for a new knee: I was charged $55,000 and the insurance company paid $37,000 based on its negotiated rate with the hospital. My bill covering 11 line item charges was submitted directly to the insurer without my review. I've studied healthcare for 40 years. I ran a hospital and plan early in my career. But I couldn't figure out what the hospital did, calculate what it might have cost them to do it, and how it all ended up as the prices charged and payment negotiated. No wonder hospital prices are getting increased attention from regulators, payers and consumers."

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