Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Price Increases Drive Spikes in Massachusetts Health Care Costs & Premiums

Massachusetts' recent spikes in health care cost (and increases in premiums) have been caused primarly (75%) by price increases from hospitals and physicians and only 25% have been caused by utilization increases.

The preliminary report from the Massachusetts' Attorney General, also finds that provider payments do not correlate to quality of care or to the actual cost of providing the service. Instead, payments are closely related to provider size and market dominance.

The report also found that in some instances some providers were paid twice as much for the same service as other providers.

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