The Price Ain't Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured

  title={The Price Ain't Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured},
  author={Z. Cooper and S. Craig and M. Gaynor and J. Reenan},
  journal={Insurance & Financing in Health Economics eJournal},
  • Z. Cooper, S. Craig, +1 author J. Reenan
  • Published 2015
  • Business
  • Insurance & Financing in Health Economics eJournal
  • We use insurance claims data for 27.6 percent of individuals with private employer-sponsored insurance in the US between 2007 and 2011 to examine the variation in health spending and in hospitals’ transaction prices. We document the variation in hospital prices within and across geographic areas, examine how hospital prices influence the variation in health spending on the privately insured, and analyze the factors associated with hospital price variation. Four key findings emerge. First… CONTINUE READING
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