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.


November 10, 2021

Price Transparency Offers Opportunity to Employers and Purchasers

A landmark federal rule requires the nation’s 6,000 hospitals to make pricing data available publicly. This requirement includes plan-specific negotiated prices, not just the “chargemaster” prices, for every item or service.

September 22, 2021

COVID-19 Offers a Chance to Course Correct the Health Care Industry

The COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting economic slowdown had profound impacts on many sectors, including tourism, aviation, oil, finance and health care.

September 7, 2021

U.S. Employers Sacrificing Competitiveness in the Global Economy

With 60% of Americans getting their health care coverage through their jobs, large and small employers alike are justifiably concerned about rising costs of care.

August 23, 2021

Despite Claims, Vertical Integration Isn’t Great for Health Care Consumers or Purchasers

In 2017, pharmacy giant CVS announced it was purchasing insurer Aetna for $69 billion in the largest-ever health care merger.

August 4, 2021

Addressing Market Failure: Lowering Health Care Costs for Americans

The United States is facing a crisis when it comes to health care costs. Prices for lifesaving, necessary care and drugs are simply too high for consumers.

July 21, 2021

Support for Government Intervention Needed to Solve Rising Health Care Costs

Ever-rising health care costs are causing many across the political spectrum to rethink their priorities and positions on key health care policy issues.

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June 23, 2021

Private Equity Poses Grave Threat to Health Care System

Operating largely beneath the public and regulatory radar, private equity firms have gravitated toward health care over the past decade in pursuit of outsized profits.

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.