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Think Health Prices Are High Near You? Maybe Yes — And No
Kaiser Health News

A long-established belief about health costs is that some areas of the country, like McAllen, Texas, are expensive, while others like San Francisco are cheap. But an analysis released Wednesday provides evidence that prices can be exorbitant for some medical services and bargains for others—all in the same place.

The study from the Health Care Cost Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit, found discrepancies within some of the 41 areas of the country it studied using its rare data trove–billing claims from three of the biggest commercial insurers. Together the records show insurance payments for a quarter of the people under 65 who got their coverage through their employers between 2011 and 2013.

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