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Guess How They’ll Keep Down Health Care Spending in Massachusetts?

By on 11.10.11 | 11:32AM

From the Boston Globe

BOSTON—A special commission charged with studying rising health care costs in Massachusetts is recommending the creation of an independent oversight panel to identify acceptable and unacceptable reasons for price variations in care based on which hospital or doctor is used.

The Special Commission on Provider Price Reform was created by lawmaker last year. It also recommends that state regulators be given the authority to settle price disputes between insurers and health care providers if the cost of a medical procedure exceeds the market-based median.

So, Romneycare is proving to be too expensive. And the fix is a panel of unelected experts intervening in private transactions. 

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