Several new studies on health care costs reveal interesting findings.
The (Newark) Star-Ledger:
"Nowhere is the sticker shock worse in the country than in New Jersey,
according to health experts and a new report by the New Jersey Health
Care Quality Institute, a prominent health care policy group based in
Trenton. New Jersey's hospital "charges" - the price list used to
negotiate the cost of a bill for the uninsured and for insured people
who use a hospital outside their network - are four times higher than
the actual cost of treating a patient."
executives say the vast majority of the 1.3 million uninsured people in
New Jersey never pay the full sticker price. Charges are used as a
negotiating starting point," they say.
The Detroit News:
"Michigan residents and health insurers spend less on health care than
the national average, according to a report released today by the
[University of Michigan's] Center for Healthcare Research &
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