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Los Angeles Times: Not everyone has eye-popping deductibles: How one union kept medical bills in check

HCCI's 2017 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report was cited in a Los Angeles Times article. 

From the article: 

"Between 2013 and 2017, the average price nationally for an inpatient hospital admission rose more than 15%, almost three times the rate of general inflation, according to an analysis of commercial insurance data by the Health Care Cost Institute, a Washington think tank. The average price for outpatient services jumped almost 19%.

In some metropolitan areas, inpatient hospital prices increased by more than 30% in just five years.

"Price is the elephant in the room," said Niall Brennan, the institute's president. "People don't like to talk about it … but patients in many places are being subjected to basically predatory pricing practices.""

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Not everyone has eye-popping deductibles: How one union kept medical bills in check - Los Angeles Times

A hotel workers union in Boston offers members a plan with no deductible. Their case shows how costs can be kept in check and the trade-offs required.

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