Health care price disparities

Check out this article about some revealing data released this week comparing hospital pricing.

For the first time, the federal government [released] the prices that hospitals charge
for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges
have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in
shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a
health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the
costs of services.

How does such a state of affairs persist? The Post reports:

Experts attribute the disparities to a health system that can set prices
with impunity because consumers rarely see them — and rarely shop for

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