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Health-Care Cost Confusion: Hospitals Are Now Required to Post Their Prices Online—but the Info They’re Posting Is Worthless

The federal government now requires hospitals to publish online its “charge description master”—a list of what the hospital charges for various services and items. When this new policy, which took effect Jan. 1, was announced last year, it was heralded as an overdue move to promote fairness and transparency within our country’s expensive and often-confusing […]