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Report notes impact of hospital price variation
Modern Healthcare

Hospital price variation accounted for one-third of the difference in health spending in 19 communities, even after accounting for geographic differences in wages and rent, according to a report. The report, by the Center for Studying Health System Change for the National Institute for Health Care Reform, looked at health spending for union autoworkers and dependents across seven states with similar health plans. Spending per person ranged from $4,500 to $9,000 with price accounting for 33% of the difference, according to the report by Chapin White, a senior researcher for the center.

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