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Medical costs must be known to control them


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 11, 2013

~~<p>You can't blame the Hawaii consumer for being flummoxed by the data just issued by the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services. The recent release of individual &quot;chargemaster&quot; lists &mdash; the charges for specific medical services &mdash; showed an enormous price range, the variations seemingly making no sense.</p>
<p>The new &quot;transparency&quot; of this data represents at least one step down the long road of health care reform, but so much more needs to be done. Example: Among the most sustained health expenses for the consumer is the prescription drug bill, and until Congress enables more negotiation with pharmaceutical companies, bending down that particular part of the cost curve won't happen.</p>
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You can't blame the Hawaii consumer for being flummoxed by the data just issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The recent release of individual "chargemaster" lists — the charges for specific medical services — showed an enormous price range, the variations seemingly making no sense.

The new "transparency" of this data represents at least one step down the long road of health care reform, but so much more needs to be done. Example: Among the most sustained health expenses for the consumer is the prescription drug bill, and until Congress enables more negotiation with pharmaceutical companies, bending down that particular part of the cost curve won't happen. Login for more...



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