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Health care becomes a crapshoot
Daily Democrat

I read Steven Brill’s excellent overview of U.S. health-care costs (“Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” Feb. 20, Time magazine) a few weeks after spotting a news item about the CALSTAR membership program, and I can’t help but connect the two. Among the points Brill makes is that there is often little relationship between what a medical service actually costs and the amount the service provider charges.