December 15, 2013

Melnick Quoted in NYT Article on ERs + Hospital Costs

Part of a continuing series on hospital costs, a recent New York Times article by reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal, “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500,” quoted Center Director, Dr. Glenn Melnick. The December 2nd article provided examples of consumers’ high-cost experiences in hospital emergency departments and an analysis of the variation in hospital pricing. Responding to the Times’ analysis of federal government data, Melnick noted that research supports the notion that hospitals “set price to maximize revenue, and then raise prices as much as they can.”