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Mass. health reform not cited as reason for high hospital costs: study
Modern Healthcare

Massachusetts hospitals spent roughly 55% more per person than the average U.S. hospital in 2007, though not as a result of the state’s health reform, a newly released study said. Hospital expenses in Massachusetts, which reached $3,015 per person in 2007, have consistently exceeded the national average, which was $1,941 per person that year, a difference that amounts to $6.9 billion for the state. The study by two Boston University health policy researchers said fast-growing hospital costs in Massachusetts, not cost-control at U.S. hospitals, fueled a widening gap between Massachusetts and the nation. Researchers used Census Bureau and American Hospital Assocation figures in the analysis.