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Healthcare Costs ‘An Abomination’ Says Senate Finance Committee Chair
Health Leaders Media

The Senate Finance Committee spent more than two hours Wednesday discussing the relationship between healthcare costs and transparency with a panel of witnesses that included Steven Brill, the author of a March 2013 Time magazine cover story titled “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.”

Brill proved to be a provocative witness and directed much of the discussion. Throughout his testimony and during the question and answer period, he often took direct aim at the chargemaster, or what some call the “sticker price” for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient diagnostic related groups or DRGs.