Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Health Aff (Millwood). 2007 May-Jun;26(3):780-9.

From 'soak the rich' to 'soak the poor': recent trends in hospital pricing.

Author information

  • 1Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. ganderso@jhsph.edu

Abstract

In 2004, the rates charged to many uninsured and other "self-pay" patients for hospital services were often 2.5 times what most health insurers actually paid and more than three times the hospital's Medicare-allowable costs. The gaps between rates charged to self-pay patients and those charged to other payers are much wider than they were in the mid-1980s, and they make it increasingly more difficult for some patients, especially the uninsured, to pay their hospital bills. This has triggered lawsuits and some recent government efforts involving price transparency. Three specific policy options that could lower the markups are a voluntary effort by hospitals, litigation, and legislation.

PMID:
17485757
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk