This analysis examines what large hospitals nationwide charge for out-of-network COVID-19 tests. It finds a wide range of publicly posted prices — from $20 to $850 for a single test. In many cases, the prices exceed what Medicare pays for COVID testing.
Revenue losses during the pandemic could intensify the trend toward consolidation among health care providers, in spite of federal financial assistance. We review the existing research on the impact of consolidation on health care costs and quality.
The idea of allowing drugs to be imported from Canada and other countries is popular with Americans across the political spectrum, but has yet to be implemented due to concerns about safety, and strong opposition from the drug industry.
This analysis finds that people with employer coverage receive surprise medical bills more often when admitted for certain conditions, including heart attacks, surgery (including mastectomies) and mental health or substance abuse treatment.