Hidden prices raise the cost of health care

08/26/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Confidential deals among drugmakers, insurers, purchasing organizations, distributors and other major players are keeping the prices of medical care high in the U.S., Nina Bernstein writes. This article considers the cost of intravenous bags of sterile saline solution and concludes that prices and profits are so obscured by the agreements that the actual costs of the most basic components of care can't be determined even by the participants.

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