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Hospitals now required to post prices online to help patients. But it doesn’t work.
USA Today

Imagine, just for a moment, that you need a knee surgery and you want to save a buck by shopping around.

There is good news and bad news: The good news is now you can try. The bad news is it probably won’t work.

Hospitals across the country began posting their prices online this month, pulling back the curtain on a deeply secret world of exorbitant American health care costs. While millions of prices are now finally public, there is little hope for turning this transparency into actual savings for patients.