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When Paying Cash Is Cheaper Than Health Insurance

Empowering Americans to shop smartly on health care could make a big difference to many household budgets.

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When the Doctors Bid on Your Business

As tech companies turn their attention to health care, there’s a clear need for companies that give some economic power to medical consumers.

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Vox’s Own Goal on the Single Payer Pivot

Liberal health care wonks are pushing all-payer rate-setting as an alternative to single-payer. But that idea has been tried—and it failed.

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A Back Door to Health Care Price Transparency

Hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pre-pay for their health care. The trend is troubling, but it does mean at least one change for the better: price opacity may be on its way out.

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Price Transparency’s Untapped Potential

Patients shop better when they know prices ahead of time, even when they’re not influenced by co-pays and deductibles. So why is price transparency missing from the reform agenda?

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ACA Consolidation Push Sends Costs Skyrocketing

In part because of the ACA, hospitals are increasingly acquiring independent physician practices. When that happens, the cost of health care can increase by as much as 20 percent.

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The Right Kind of Health Reform Hits Massachusetts

Massachusetts has just taken a huge leap ahead in health care price transparency, launching a new tool that lets customers find prices on their insurer’s website. This will make providers more competitive and consumers more responsible.

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Time to Stop Studying Price Transparency—and Start Implementing It

Yet another study has confirmed what we should already have known: people respond to price signals. That making prices transparent isn’t one of the highest priorities in health care reform is unfathomable.

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Health Care Takes Bigger Bite out of Americans' Shrinking Budgets

A new Department of Labor report shows health care spending rising even as incomes stagnate and overall consumer spending declines. Americans will be squeezed past endurance if we don’t make health care cheaper—and in some ways we already know how.

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With Health Care Deductibles, Consumers Get More Responsible

One-third of large companies will offer their employees high deductible plans next year. Everything we know so far about health care spending suggests big savings could be ahead.

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