Hospital pricelists

Hospitals in Idaho and across the U.S. must publish their prices. But the “prices” can be misleading and hard to interpret, because they do not predict what a patient will actually end up paying. Instead, they provide others in the health care industry with a look at what their competitors are charging and getting paid by insurers.

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Originally published Jan. 16 on IdahoCapitalSun.com.

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