Savvy health-care shoppers reduce out-of-pocket costs, while overall spending speeds ahead

Mounting evidence that you can save big bucks by getting treated at an independent outpatient facility is finally becoming common knowledge. A recent article on cnbc.com describes the situation memorably: If Monty Hall [former host of TV’s “Let’s Make A Deal”] was offering to make you a deal on health…

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Secret negotiations between hospitals, insurance companies keep health care prices high and variable

You’ve read the stories many times before. Two patients with the same diagnosis, say, an inflamed appendix, receive identical operations by excellent surgeons at well-respected health care facilities. One patient is charged $1,200; the other more than $4,000. And so on, for test after test, procedure after procedure, operation after…

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