The Real Cost of Health Care

The Real Cost of Health Care blog series explores the outsized role of hospital pricing in rising health care costs, and the market and legislative fixes necessary to reduce unsustainable cost increases for American businesses and families.


June 2, 2021

Late Pressure to Change Surprise Billing Rules Could Derail Savings

An eleventh-hour bid by private equity companies, hospitals and other provider interests threatens to torpedo Congress’ objectives of protecting patients from exorbitant, surprise medical bills and constraining soaring health care costs.

May 17, 2021

The Real Cost of Health Care: Hospitals Dragging Their Feet on Price Transparency

This year’s landmark federal rule requiring the nation’s 6,000 hospitals to begin making pricing data available publicly was supposed to help consumers and purchasers shop more intelligently for health care services. But whether that’s actually occurring seems questionable.