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Commercial healthcare prices rose three times faster than inflation
Modern Healthcare

Commercial healthcare prices in metro areas are rising while usage is falling, according to a new analysis. Prices increased 13% as utilization dropped 17% from 2012 to 2016, a new iteration of the Health Care Cost Institute’s analysis of more than 1.8 billion commercial claims revealed. Metro areas with higher prices tended to have lower use, and vice versa, HCCI researchers found. The report reinforces significant price variation for common medical procedures that contributes to rising U.S. healthcare spending.