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Hospital prices for inpatient care rising faster than physician prices

An analysis of commercial hospital inpatient claims for people with employer-based coverage showed hospital prices for inpatient care climbed by 19% from 2013 to 2017, while physician prices for these services only rose by 10% during the same period. "Slowing the growth of hospital inpatient costs -- by reducing hospital price increases to the level of physician price increases -- would make health care more affordable for consumers and employers," the analysis concluded.

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