WBUR, Globe cover health cost hearings

Check out the Globe & WBUR for reporting on the ongoing health costs hearings.

The Globe reports that hospitals caught on the wrong side of the lopsided payment line support costs controls. And, Partners, does not.

During a second day of hearings on health care costs yesterday, three of four hospital chiefs who testified said government controls on prices are needed to close the wide gap between what insurers pay hospitals and doctors’ groups with the market leverage to demand high prices and what they pay to those without it.

“Fundamentally, I believe in the market,’’ said Andrei Soran,  chief executive of MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. But “the market got out of hand,’’ he said. “Intervention will bring it back to the appropriate level.’’



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