Commentary: ‘The Price Ain’t Right’ ain’t right

By Bruce Vladeck

It’s not every day that an unpublished academic study rates a front-page story in the New York Times, let alone an additional continuation page replete with graphics, but that was the treatment accorded to the study titled “The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Spending on the Privately Insured” on Dec. 15. Even more remarkably, the study itself, while well-written and full of interesting information, contained no substantive findings that should have been at all surprising to anyone who has followed the health policy or health economics literature in recent years.

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