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The Berlin Wall of medical price obfuscation is starting to fall.

Medicare to require hospitals to post prices online
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/medicare-to-require-hosp...

Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the new requirement for online prices reflects the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to encourage patients to become better-educated decision makers in their own care.

“We are just beginning on price transparency,” said Verma. “We know that hospitals have this information and we’re asking them to post what they have online.”

Hospitals are required to disclose prices publicly, but the latest change would put that information online in machine-readable format that can be easily processed by computers. It may still prove to be confusing to consumers, since standard rates are like list prices and don’t reflect what insurers and government programs pay.

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That's true. But patient's aren't confused when an ethically-challenged doctor or hospital administrator bills them "out-of-network" at ten times the Medicare rate and sends a collection agency after them.

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