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Medicare says medical equipment costs down under pilot program in San Bernardino/Riverside counties
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A two-year Medicare cost-cutting experiment in San Bernardino and other areas has been wildly successful, officials say, reducing the price of certain medical equipment by 42 percent and saving the government and taxpayers more than $200 million nationwide.

Those savings, however, have exacted a cost, say some local suppliers, forcing them to close their doors while rewarding large out-of-area companies that finance lower prices through bigger volume.

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