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Hip replacements show why health costs are so high
Sacramento Bee

No matter where they stand on the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress should be alarmed at the costs that U.S. patients are charged for common medical procedures that are far cheaper in other countries.

They should be alarmed, but they should also be held to account for their refusal to intervene. The costs that hospitals, doctors and device makers are imposing on consumers, employers and their insurance companies have become a drag on the U.S. economy. Some $2.7 trillion is spent each year on health care in the United States, and the price keeps rising.

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