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Health care prices up 13% in metro areas amid lower utilization

A report from the Health Care Cost Institute showed median health care prices in US metro areas climbed 13% from 2012 to 2016 amid a 17% decline in utilization. The findings, based on an analysis of more than 1.8 billion commercial health insurance claims in 112 metro areas, showed areas with high utilization rates tended to have lower prices, while areas with low use had higher prices.

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