Hospital pricing: cost shifting and competition.

  title={Hospital pricing: cost shifting and competition.},
  author={Michael Morrisey},
  journal={EBRI issue brief},
The issue of cost shifting has taken on enormous policy implications. It is estimated that unsponsored and undercompensated hospital costs--one measure of cost shifting--has totaled $21.5 billion in 1991. The health services research literature indicates that hospitals set different prices for different payers. However, the empirical evidence on hospitals' ability to raise prices to one payer to make up for unsponsored care or lower payments by other payers is mixed at best. No study has… CONTINUE READING


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