According to The New York Times today, "In a medical system notorious for opaque finances and inflated bills, nothing is more convoluted than hospital pricing, economists say. Hospital charges represent about a third of the $2.7 trillion annual United States health care bill, the biggest single segment, according to government statistics, and are the largest driver of medical inflation, a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found."
In other words, check your itemized bill the next time you have to go the hospital. You may be surprised.
-- Phillip Tutor